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Turnover Begets Turnover: An Examination of Job and Occupational Instability Among Child Care Center Staff

  • Author(s): Whitebook, Marcy;
  • Sakai, Laura
  • et al.

This study extends previous research by revealing the links among the characteristics and stability of the teaching staff as a whole and the retention of highly trained teachers. Research found that highly-trained teaching staff were more likely to leave their jobs if they earned lower wages, worked in a climate with less stability of highly- trained co-workers, and worked with a greater percentage of teaching staff who did not have a bachelor’s degree. The report underscores the multi-faceted benefits resulting from paying higher wages to all staff.

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