Innovations to Address the Early Childhood Compensation Crisis

March 2023 | Tags: Funding Strategy, Grants and Contracts, Workforce, Illinois


In March of 2023, CELFE presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy on innovative ways states are addressing the workforce crisis. The session began with an overview of the compensation crisis in the field of early care and education, with presenters reviewing data on workforce wages and retention issues. Then, presenters from Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington DC shared promising strategies to raise compensation via foundational grants and contracts and supplemental salary payments.


  • Theresa Hawley, Center for Early Learning Funding Equity
  • Kara Waddell, President & CEO, Child Care Associates