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The economic realities of early childhood education in the United States and the policy implications for economically disadvantaged children, families, and the child care workforce

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Van Dyke, Melissa K.
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Publication Date: 
25 May 2017


Often overlooked in discussions related to how to ensure accessible and affordable high-quality early childhood education is the heavy burden that has been carried by the early childhood workforce; the data reveal a level of exploitation of this workforce that must be considered and addressed. This chapter will focus attention on the economic realities of the early childhood workforce as a key element to achieve equitable access to affordable high-quality early childhood services.