Pa. Hiring event to help address child care staff crisis

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(WHTM) – A three-day hiring event aimed at addressing the early years staffing crisis begins Tuesday, March 29. The objective of the event is to simplify the job search for the candidate and the child care program seeking employees.

Child care programs will host their own drop-in hire days with on-site interviews, as well as numerous incentives such as sign-up bonuses and tuition assistance.

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The Pennsylvania Association for Early Childhood Education says staffing shortages are impacting child care programs across the state and people are leaving the industry due to low wages.

Previously reported by abc27, problems with the childcare system have become a national problem.

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that child care is unaffordable and sometimes inaccessible for many families. What they can’t agree on is how to fix these issues.

In a recent survey, of more than 1,000 child care programs, 92% are experiencing staff shortages, which has resulted in some families being put on waiting lists or rooms closing. class for lack of sufficient staff.

“We know that turnover has a truly negative impact on a child’s development because ultimately the most important indicator of a quality program is the teacher in the classroom and the interactions between the child and teacher are essential to their healthy development,” said Jen Debell, executive director of the PA Association for Early Childhood Education.

The hiring event runs until Thursday, March 31. More than 700 child care programs across the state are registered. For more information about the event, click here.

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