DCF Releases Findings from Early Childhood & Afterschool Workforce Surveys

31 March 2016

Waterbury, VT‐- The Department for Children and Families (DCF) today released findings from surveys conducted in the summer of 2015 to provide the department, Agency of Education, and other stakeholders with a clear picture of Vermont’s early childhood and afterschool workforce. This includes information on workforce demographics, education and credentials, wages and benefits, and aspirations. 

Key findings include:

  1. Educational degree attainment varies by sector (e.g., family child care homes, private licensed centers, and public school centers).
  2. Wages in family child care homes and licensed private centers are lower than wages in public school settings.
  3. Few benefits are provided to people working in family child care homes and private licensed centers.
  4. The early childhood and afterschool workforce reports high job satisfaction and plans to continue working in the field.
  5. Low wages and few benefits are the top reasons why individuals might leave the field.

“Some of the findings were surprising,” said Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner of DCF’s Child Development Division. “This includes the number of workers who stay in the field but move from one program to another. This likely reflects the top reasons workers gave for choosing this as a career, it’s a way to support children and, a personal calling for many.”

The surveys are a project of Vermont’s Early Learning Challenge – Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education. 

The survey report is available at  dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/reports#PD