GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A new report out Thursday morning claims childcare workers aren’t paid enough to make ends meet, which may fuel how prices are rising for childcare across the country.
This report follows one we told you about last month, describing the high cost of childcare throughout the country.
Thursday, the Economic Policy Institute releases the second of 3 papers highlighting what they say is a need for reform in our childcare system nationwide. The latest report focuses on the demographics, wages, and work conditions of these workers.
The report finds the following:
- The median hourly wage for childcare workers is $10.31, which is nearly 40% below the $17 median hourly wage of workers in other fields.
- One in 7 childcare workers lives below the official poverty line. Over one third lives below twice the poverty line.
- The typical earnings of childcare workers do not cover the basic family budget for a one-person family.
- More than 90% of childcare workers cannot meet their family budget.
It’s a problem impacting people right here in the East too. 9 On Your Side told you about the rising cost of childcare in eastern North Carolina at the beginning of the school year. This year, parents in our state are spending on average $3,800 on after-school programs, which is $60 more than last year.
You can find the full report on the Economic Policy Institute’s website.