How A Minimum Wage Increase Could Benefit Childcare Workers

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A new report from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI) revealed that the proposed raise in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour would benefit 560,000 U.S. childcare workers.

“Child-care workers deserve to be paid a wage that better reflects the value of their work and allows them to care for their own families,” says Julia Wolfe, a co-author of the report and state economic analyst for EPI. “Low wages for child-care workers reinforce existing racial and gender inequality since both Black child-care workers and women are particularly likely to see their wages increase with a $15 minimum wage.”

According to a press release from EPI, “the vast majority (95.4%) of child care workers who would get a raise are women, and 36.2% are Black or Hispanic.”

Childcare workers average $11.65 an hour. Childcare workers became more expendable during the pandemic due to many parents keeping their children at home. 

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