$320K for Kindergarten Teachers: A New Calculus for Compensation

David Leonhardt’s front-page New York Times article, “The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers,” seems to have knocked everyone out of their mid-summer daze. “Fairly explosive” is how he describes the recent—as yet, unpublished—findings, by Harvard economist, Raj Chetty, and colleagues, which may help to put another nail in the coffin of the fade-out argument for the benefits of early childhood education. The bottom line: If we look beyond test scores, and consider a broader set of measures—including future earnings—the long-term outcomes for children justify considerably greater investment in the early childhood workforce than has historically been the case.

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ECE Policy Matters: Join the Conversation

Welcome to ECE Policy Matters! Your home for ongoing—and provocative—conversation about critical issues in early care and education policy.

If you’re drifting through the blogosphere, you know that education blogs are multiplying, including a number of first-rate blogs dedicated to early care and education (see my list of favorites in the right sidebar). But the voices of ECE professionals—that’s you out there in pre-K classrooms, Early Head Start, Early Intervention, community-based child care centers, infant mental health services, family child care homes, elementary schools—are rare, and much too quiet.

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