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child care worker
Responsible for dressing, feeding, overseeing play, and encouraging intellectual development of primarily preschool children. Includes in-home and center-based workers.

Number of Child Care Workers in the U.S.
Approximately 1.8 million

Average Weekly Salary
$190-$310

Wage Gap
Hardly any, probably because 98% are women. (Unskilled, male-dominated occupations, such as parking-lot attendant, typically provide a higer income.)

Work Week
35-55 hours

Benefits
CENTER-BASED WORKERS Approximately one third receive subsidized or full medical benefits.

HOME WORKERS
Most purchase their own health insurance, rely on benefits received through a spouse, or simply go without.

Show Us the Money
ORGANIZE, UNIONIZE Slim salaries and a general absence of benefits make center-based child care providers ripe for unions. A high employee turnover rate hampers organizing, but it's also the reason employers might be interested in unions--they may help workers stay.
WORKFARE DAY CARE Many child care centers employ welfare recipients at less than minimum wage. It doesn't make for happy employees or good child care.
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE More child care centers received public funding in 1997 than in 1988, most of it as subsidies for low-income families. But the money has had little effect on salaries or benefits--workers still get poverty-level wages.

BY TIA R. KEENAN

 
           
     

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