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Childcare study finds low pay, few parent resources

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    Preschool workers make about twice as much while kindergarten teachers can earn a median hourly wage of $21.

Some early childhood educators in Hawaii earn an unlivable wage while parents have few resources to pay for childcare.

Hawaii News Now reports median hourly pay at $9.07 puts the workers among the worst paid in a national University of California-Berkeley study.

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment also found that the median wage is 7 percent lower than it was five years ago despite Hawaii’s high cost of living.

Preschool workers make about twice as much while kindergarten teachers can earn a median hourly wage of $21.

The study says there are no tax policies or subsidies for Hawaii parents and the state could do more to help families cover costs.

A fifth of Hawaii’s kids younger than 5 years old live in low-income households.

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  • “The study says there are no tax policies or subsidies for Hawaii parents and the state could do more to help families cover costs.”>>> Parents should only have kids they can afford and then “the state” (aka taxpayers) wouldn’t have to be involved. Parents make the bad decisions and WE’RE to pay for those decisions? I think not.

    • I strongly support early education but am less interested in day care. Preschool teachers in the DOE/charters are paid at the same rate as a high school science teacher. This article seems to lack a great deal of information.

  • $9.07 per hour, how embarrassing. Its about time the people realize that having children cost money. If you can’t afford, don’t have kids and learn to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Its all about responsibility! ZPG!

  • How something is written really influences perception. “A fifth of Hawaii’s kids younger than 5 years old live in low-income households.” sounds really awful. “80 percent of kids come from households that are not low-income” sounds much less so. I used to tell kids to be very aware of bias in their writing. Perhaps professional journalists would do well to be aware of this also.

  • It is very apparent, in Hawaii, compensation for educators as a whole is not a priority. Looking at a starting teacher’s pay at low $40k which is despicable. Starting Police earns $60K…. Must be the teachers unions incompetency in bargaining or the priorities of the legislators. TAKE YOUR PICK.

  • Clarification: Police Recruit (training @ the academy, Not a Police yet) $58,572

    After Graduation from Academy: Base pay $60,888 + allowances and OT.

  • The study is bogus. It compares wages for baby sitters to wages for teachers. It is like comparing dishwashers in a restaurant to wages for the executive chef.

  • “A fifth of Hawaii’s kids younger than 5 years old live in low-income households.”

    Maybe these folks shouldn’t be making babies?

    • I have been closely involved with four different low-income households on a long term basis. One has seven kids and one father, two families have six children and three fathers each, another has eight kids and two daddies. One family is homeless and has non-English speaking parents. All of the mothers love their children very much and are very caring. One of the local dads loves his kids very much and is very caring. One similarity is that all of these families are on welfare. One mother is recently employed; all other parents are unemployed. Meth use is involved in the three local households. Interestingly, all three local mothers are covered with tattoos. The only family which has a good chance of staying together and succeeding is the family with seven kids. The dealmaker is their strong familial support with both sets of grandparents, and uncles and aunties. I totally agree that all of these couples should never have had children. They can’t take care of themselves, even without children.

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