Early childhood educators play a crucial role in shaping the minds of young children and building a strong foundation for their futures. Yet, the field has been persistently underfunded, and many teachers are not treated as the professionals that they are. For example, many are not paid a living wage for the crucial work that they do and as a result, educators leave the profession at high rates.
The resources below further explain the problem and highlight suggestions directly from early childhood educators regarding what can be done to improve teacher retention. Learn more about needed supports for early childhood educators by reviewing the resources and graphics below.
- For more information about early educator pay and pay inequities: https://cscce.berkeley.edu/workforce-index-2020/the-early-educator-workforce/early-educator-pay-economic-insecurity-across-the-states/
- Their excellent policy recommendations: https://cscce.berkeley.edu/workforce-index-2020/introduction-policy-recommendations/policy-recommendations/
- For more about why you might pay so much for ECE but workers are still not paid a living wage: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/reports/2018/02/14/446330/child-care-dollar-go/