How little do early educators earn in each state? Why does child care cost so much? Learn more about the US early care and education workforce and crisis.

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Key Findings

About 48,500 child care jobs have been lost since the beginning of the pandemic.

Child care workers earn a national median wage of $13.22 an hour.

Black early educators are paid on average $0.78 less per hour than their White peers.