I have been in early childhood education since 2003. I love the industry and what it stands for because we are making a difference in the lives of children. However, I constantly hate that centers pay teachers, lead or assistant, so low in money for work that is very demanding. Teachers have to please the children, management, parents, and the state regulators. We have to have a minimum of hours to continue our education in the field and earn the same pay. Now there is a push for more educated teachers with degrees and the pay is not matching up. We all know that there is a very high turnover in this industry. You can go on indeed.com right now and see thousands of jobs for working in ECE. Even at my center there are three positions that need to be filled. However, it is hard to fill because the pay is too low! Enough is enough! We need solutions! Our children deserve good quality teachers and a lot of them are walking out the door, burnt out, lacking motivation and drive, etc. I want to pick your minds and hear your thoughts on how this can be resolved.
This is so true! I started out working in a Class A center. I was an infant teacher, preschool teacher, assistant director, and director and the money was not enough. I left and went to school and obtained my associate, bachelor's, Masters’s and now in school for my doctoral. I have been blessed to get a job teaching pre-k4 teacher on an elementary campus and a mentor teacher. I believe if they have caregivers to get their associate and not just a CDA they could at least get starting pay 17.00 an hour, Bachelors should get 24.00. It will also show that they have some sort of degree.