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Pay Equity Funds for DC Early Childhood Educators

Early childhood educators in the District’s child development facilities play a crucial role in supporting young children’s learning and development. The Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force Temporary Amendment Act authorized the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to disburse Pay Equity Funds to support pay parity for early childhood educators in accordance with the recommendations of the Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force. The task force recommended that OSSE partner with an intermediary organization to distribute one-time pay supplements to eligible early childhood educators in fiscal year 2022 (FY22). Through the intermediary entity, OSSE will distribute one-time payments to child development center teachers, assistant teachers, and home and expanded home providers and associate caregivers employed in licensed facilities in the District and working with children birth to age 5. The amount an eligible early childhood educator receives through the program will depend on their position but will in most cases be between $10,000 and $14,000.

OSSE is currently working to implement the pay equity program for FY22, but the program has not yet launched. Once OSSE selects an intermediary organization to distribute payments to child care workers, eligible early childhood educators will be able to apply to the intermediary organization to receive funding. More information about eligibility criteria, how to access funds and other implementation details will be shared with the early care and learning community in the coming months.

Please note, child development facilities that participate in the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program (PKEEP) are required to pay PKEEP teachers at parity with DC Public Schools (DCPS) teachers. Therefore, PKEEP lead teachers will not be eligible to participate in the pay equity program.

For questions related to the pay equity program, please email [email protected]