- High levels of educator stress and
poor mental and physical health can inhibit the ability to effectively engage
with children, which is especially damaging since children’s learning depends
on the quality of interactions with adults.
- Inadequate compensation is a primary source of stress. Low wages and minimal benefits lead to a workforce that is often
emotionally and physically unwell and dependent on public assistance.
- Low compensation, limited support, and lack of
opportunities for career development make it difficult to attract and retain
- The field suffers from high turnover, which means less
stability for children. Increasing compensation and
improving the work environment could lessen turnover.
- Educators need preparation and workforce support that equips them to serve children well and handle stressful situations.