How can innovative budgeting solutions unlock a true living wage for our early childhood educators while expanding access and quality? The field of early childhood education struggles to provide living wages to educators, many of whom can now make more working at Walmart or Amazon warehouses. It’s time to unlock new opportunities for early childhood care to turn it into a diverse, thriving wage field — and to make sure students get the education and care they need
In this workshop, we’ll bring together real estate developers, early childhood educators, and policymakers to discuss — and launch — innovative new models for early childhood budgeting and funding. We will focus on recent funding and partnership wins for Dallas College’s School of Education, including a $2.7 million grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to strengthen the early childhood educator pipeline and develop the necessary infrastructure to monitor real-time, actionable workforce data.