According to payscale.com the average hourly pay for early childhood educators in the United States is only $12.28. On the low end, it’s $9.31 per hour. On the high end, it’s $17.16. This isn’t much above minimum wage and Washington wants to cut funds for early childhood education programs.
The NAEYC issued the following call to action:
The President’s budget is a request to Congress, and there will be more details in a full budget that will be released in May, but if this blueprint were to be enacted according to the budget narrative, it would result in an 18% cut to the Department of Health and Human Services and a 13% cut to the Department of Education. It would mean cuts to programs in areas like housing, after-school, nutrition, teacher professional development, student aid, health care, work-study programs, literacy and more – all programs that support our current and future workforce, and the health and well-being of the families, schools, and communities in which our children are cared for and educated.
What can you do? First, read the entire call to action plea from NAEYC by clicking on the link above.
Second, contact your elected officials in Washington. Click here to find out who your Representatives and Senators are. You can call them or send an email. Tell them about the work you do with young children. Tell them how families and children benefit from early childhood education. Ask them to invest in the lives of families, children, and educators.
Your voice matters! You matter!!