Erin, thank you for that great resource!
I would add a caveat, however, as some of the information may not accurately reflect the true state of early education in a particular state based on whether the the feedback used to determine the data included all types of centers or was focused only on federally funded programs. In Louisiana, and the New Orleans area in particular, we have an extensive network of Type II programs (who are held to the same Licensing standards, but do not receive many of the benefits of training, tax credits, etc. that are available to federally funded Type III programs) and Type I programs (sometimes part day, often church-based or private centers whose guidelines are less strenuous), so the chart that lists the comparisons between groups could give a somewhat skewed picture of the actual landscape of Early Ed in both directions. Salaries in public pre-k programs may be higher than in some private centers or schools, but there are also private infant and toddler programs that far exceed the rates paid in Early Head Start or comparable programs while others barely surpass minimum wage.It is certainly a great foundation for moving forward with the work toward a worthy wage, but it also illustrates the need to be more inclusive in our information gathering and in the resources dispatched to support the ECE workforce. Tax credits, in particular, are huge benefits available to all K-12 teachers, regardless of the type of school, but for ECE teachers, generally working at a much lower rate, they are only offered to those working in federally funded programs. The same is true for the families at these centers, so while education credits are available for K-12, only families with children in specific programs receive the benefit for choosing quality early care.There is still so much work to be done!