Numerous Factors Causing Wisconsin Preschool Teacher Shortage

Low hourly wages, the lack of professional development opportunities and a high turnover rate are major factors contributing to the state’s preschool teacher shortage, experts say.

“If you know that 52 percent of the childcare workforce in Wisconsin has at least an associate degree and that the average wage is $10 an hour, it’s not surprising that we’d have a teacher shortage,”

said Ruth Schmidt, executive director of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, last week.

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