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Report highlights need for new early ed public funding model as demand grows amid coronavirus crisis

The report comes just two weeks after a national task force released a broad plan for redefining the work and preparation programs for those working in the early childhood education field. Leaders of the effort recommend early educators working in publicly funded programs have the same education levels and earn the same salaries as teachers in the early grades.

But authors of the New America report note the challenges to reaching “pay parity” include “lower levels of unionization among early educators and a lack of protected funding sources dedicated to [early-childhood education].”

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