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Policy Brief – Low Wages = Low Quality: Solving the Real Preschool Teacher Crisis


May 1, 2003 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


November 1, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce

Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.