The child care industry has long struggled with poor working conditions, low wages, a lack of benefits, and low status, all contributing to an unstable and undereducated workforce. Research has shown that the ability to recruit and retain qualified teachers is impacted not only by wages and benefits, but the quality of the work environment. There has been little empiracal research, however, on the relationship between program administration and global quality? What is the relationship between organizational climate and global quality? What is the relationship between a program's administrative practices and staffs' perceptions of organizational climate? These questions were the focus of a recently published study, "Child Care Work Environments: The Relationship with Learning Environments," by researchers Lower and Cassidy.
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, "The Dynamic Relationship Between Child Care Work Environments and Learning Environments" (2008). McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Publications. 28.