Quality For Children Requires a Worthy Wage for Early Childhood Educators
WASHINGTON, DC - Worthy Wage Day is an annual day of action to honor early childhood educators and raise awareness about the need to attract and keep high-quality, effective educators. This is a challenging goal given their compensation does not coincide with the critical nature of their work with our nation’s children.
“This is a workforce responsible for some of the most important work for our nation -- setting a strong foundation, with families, for children’s success in school and life -- yet they are profoundly under-paid,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “To provide high-quality early learning for young children, we must address compensation inequities across early childhood education programs for comparable education, credentials, and responsibilities. “
At least 2 million individuals nurture and educate infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day in child care, Head Start and school settings. Research shows that the linchpin of a quality early childhood education program is the knowledge and skills of the teacher to support each child’s optimal development and learning. Consistency of adults in young children’s lives also is an important factor in their positive development. Yet early childhood educators, particular those working in community-based settings, are among the lowest paid of any profession in our country. As a result, there is a high rate of churning and turnover within and out of the early childhood field. Rising expectations for teachers are not being simultaneously reflected by better compensation.
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NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation www.naeyc.org/ncate/standards
NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards www.naeyc.org/academy/primary/standardsintro
NAEYC Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative www.naeyc.org/policy/ecwsi
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.