What’s causing the shortage of qualified early care and education teachers? There’s a hole in the bucket.

Teaching in early care and education is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. But we know that a qualified, stable workforce is key to expanding access to quality early education for all children. Policymakers are trying to get there by prioritizing workforce training.

This new infographic shows how professional development investments are lost as long as poverty-level wages drive qualified teachers out of the field, and how to fix the leak. Increased compensation through public investment can keep early educators in the field:

Infographic describing how low salaries drive qualified teachers out of the early care and education field, fueling the teacher shortage and harming children, parents and educators.