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'The pay is absolute crap': Child-care workers are quitting rapidly, a red flag for the economy [washingtonpost.com]

 

By Heather Long, The Washington Post, September 19, 2021

South Shore Stars’ early-childhood program in Weymouth, Mass., received zero applicants this summer for its preschool teacher positions. It was a big change from when Director Jennifer Curtiswas superintendent of a local school district and routinely had 200 people apply for elementary school jobs.

The problem, Curtis said, is that day care workers typically make about $12 an hour for a demanding job year-round. Public schools and other employers, which are also scrambling to hire workers, are poaching child-care staffers by offering thousands of dollars more a year and better benefits. A nearby Dunkin’ starts pay at $14 an hour.

People tell Curtis they’ll come to South Shore Stars as a “last resort” if they can’t find anything else.

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