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Half of America’s childcare workers need food stamps, welfare payments or Medicaid [Washington Post]

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  
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Child Care Workers

 

The people who are paid to watch America’s children tend to live in poverty. Nearly half receive some kind of government assistance: food stamps, welfare money, Medicaid. Their median hourly wage is $9.77 — about $3 below the average janitor’s.

 

In a new report, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley warn that child care is too vital to the country’s future to offer such meager wages. Those tasked with supporting kids, they explain, are shaping much of tomorrow’s workforce.

 

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