Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 1: Staffing

1.4 Professional Development/Training

1.4.6 Educational Leave/Compensation Payment for Continuing Education

Directors of centers and large family child care homes should arrange for continuing education that is paid for by the government, by charitable organizations, or by the facility, rather than by the employee. Small family child care home caregivers/teachers should avail themselves of training opportunities offered in their communities or online and claim their educational expenses as a business expense on tax forms.
Caregivers/teachers often make low wages and may not be able to pay for mandated training. A majority of child care workers earnings are at or near minimum wage (1).
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
  1. Center for the Child Care Workforce, American Federation of Teachers. 2009. Wage data: Early childhood workforce hourly wage data. 2009 ed. Washington, DC: AFT. wwd fact sheet.pdf.