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Seeks more funding, grants for early childhood teachers PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing as a constituent to encourage you to support higher funding for early childhood education teacher wages.

By raising the funds and grants given to early childhood, this would allow for teachers to be paid more and therefore would allow for better quality teaching staff with the child care centers.

I am a preschool teacher and I want to share my concerns. I have been working in child care for seven years and I have seen many teachers with their bachelor’s degrees get hired at our center and only last six to 12 months before they find a higher-paying job. Right now, we hire staff who have no education. That makes for a very hard transition for both the students and the teachers because the new staff has no experience or education.

The average yearly pay for a child care teacher is $19,510. That is a very low amount of money for a family to survive on. If I did not have my husband to support me, I would be unable to continue working as a child care teacher since I would not be able to afford just our necessary monthly bills.

Raising the funds available for early childhood education will benefit children, parents and teachers of Wisconsin. This will benefit the children by giving them the necessary teaching staff to make them the best they can be. It will benefit the parents by letting them know that child care centers can now hire educated staff and are able to give their children the best education available. It will help the teachers by giving them the desire to obtain a better education, since they will be getting a raise. It will also help to get better educated staff at the time of hire since we would now be able to start them out at a higher wage.

I ask you to support this important piece of legislation.

Brigette Ryan

St. Germain

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:40 AM

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