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New PULSE Briefing: Why Teachers' Wages Are Critical to Quality Preschool

In The Women's Fund's new PULSE Briefing, we outline the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality. The Women’s Fund has been a strong champion for these issues, but we cannot do it alone. We have a wonderful opportunity to take a huge step for women and their children by passing Issue 44 for Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise. We encourage you to vote YES!

Women's Fund PULSE Briefing on Teacher Wages for Preschool

CINCINNATI (October 18, 2016) — The Women’s Fund, is proud to join our partners at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to show our support of Issue 44 for Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise

We believe a successful educational career begins with quality preschool, taught by appropriately paid teachers. Issue 44 strengthens our K-12 public school system and expands access to high quality preschool. 

The Women’s Fund works to improve women’s economic self-sufficiency in our community. We know several things affect a woman’s ability to be self-sufficient, but three of the critical factors are:

  • access to affordable, quality childcare 
  • education and training to prepare women and girls for the workforce 
  • jobs that provide a living wage 

This levy addresses these factors and so much more. Issue 44 will provide access to high-quality preschool for children in Cincinnati and also increase the wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour. 

We know preschool is a fundamental building block in a child’s ability to enter kindergarten ready to learn. More than 40% of students in Cincinnati enter kindergarten already behind, and the gap is even greater among low-income children. Research shows quality preschool makes a major difference. It impacts readiness to learn, increases high school graduation rates and builds the behavioral and social skills necessary for success in life. Benefits extend to parents, neighborhoods, employers, and communities because increased achievement and employability reduces crime and adds to family stability, social cohesion, and economic prosperity. 

Issue 44 will also increase wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour. Currently, 95.6% of childcare workers are women, and 80% of single parent childcare workers with young children are on public benefits. These professionals are entrusted to teach our children at the most critical time of their brain development, yet we pay them the same wage as parking lot attendants. The time is now to address the low wages in this female-dominated space, and this levy does just that. 

In our new PULSE Briefing, we outline the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality. 

Check out our latest PULSE Briefing 

About The Women's Fund

The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org.


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