Undervalued And Underpaid Preschool Teachers

Parents across the world are encouraged to begin educating their children at a young age. Schools like Star Bright Montessori try to improve pre-kindergarten education so that young children can be effectively educated. Young children become familiar with numbers, colors and letters, learn to count and identify letters and shapes. Children experience substantial brain development during these early years.

Increased investments are made by Congress, states and communities in early childhood education programs to improve access and quality for children with working parents. Early childcare and education can produce the next generation of leaders which make it important to improve the quality of preschool education in the country.

However, in spite of the importance of skills, training and expertise among educators, they are chronically underpaid and undervalued. Scientific evidence reveals that the first years of a child’s life coincide with the most important period of brain development and yet, the cost of enrolling children in quality preschool programs is so high that parents cannot afford the costs.

Meanwhile, educators cannot afford to continue living with the poverty level salaries. The salaries of early childhood education teachers are determined by their respective employers that are already operating on limited budgets from the tuition fees of enrolled children. Employers have to balance affordable tuition fee and fair wages for the teachers.

The recent significant increases in federal funding for Child Care and Development Block Grants show what happens when attention is given to the requirements of the workforce. Congress has no direct control in setting salary levels but increased funding will allow states to improve the salaries of teachers and support their stipend to obtain credentials and degrees.

While increased funding can make meaningful improvements, Congress must also consider additional mechanisms to make the field of early preschool education and childcare more attractive to teachers by making the paycheck more lucrative.

Early childhood education at Star Bright Montessori develops a child’s concentration, self reliance and self confidence. There are instances when the teacher asks the children to form a circle to sing songs, listen to stories and share particular interests. Every child has the opportunity to participate in the activities.

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