A recent Pew Research study found that 46 percent of American households now have two full-time working parents. Clearly, child care workers are essential to the modern family. But a recent look at the pay and benefits these individuals receive is disheartening.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, those who work in child care are among the lowest paid workers in the country, and they rarely receive the benefits (i.e. health insurance) afforded to many other occupations.
The study also found the following:
The result of these sobering statistics is that the best candidates to care for our kids are not attracted to the low-paying jobs available to them. It's a scary thought. To add insult to injury, the cost of care is often prohibitive for many families, even if both parents work full-time jobs. Clearly there's a problem with the state of child care in this country. Something needs to change.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.