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MDAEYC MoCo Park Fest on April 10 – Come Out and Play!

Come Celebrate the Week of the Young Child in Montgomery County, Maryland!

WOYC Park Fest 2016MDAEYC Montgomery County Chapter is hosting a Week of the Young Child park event on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Cabin John Regional Park from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Come move, dance, and play in the park! Young children and their families can enjoy music and dancing, face painting, yoga and movement, crafts, snacks and door prizes.

Volunteers needed: MDAEYC MoCo needs assistance with setting up activities, staffing tables, handing out materials, and packing up at the end of the event. Early childhood educators can earn 1 PAU for volunteering at the event (volunteering details here).   High school students can earn SSL hours for volunteering.

The Week of the Young Child (WOYC), an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is celebrated in communities throughout the nation.  WOYC events shine a spotlight on young children and the early childhood education profession.

MDAEYC — Montgomery County Chapter is a membership organization of early childhood education professionals who live or work in Montgomery County, Maryland.  You can follow the Montgomery County Chapter on Twitter or Facebook.

Event flyerWOYC flyer 2016 top screen shot

Volunteers needed flyer 

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Five Facts about Young Children in Montgomery County, Maryland

image - boy building with blocksAs Montgomery County and the nation celebrate the Week of the Young Child, here are some facts about the County’s young children and their families.

  1.  There are over 66,000 young children under age 5 in Montgomery County.
  2. The number of families with young children in the County is growing. The number of families with children under age 6 in Montgomery County grew by 11% between 2000 and 2010, from 27,701 families to 30,680 families.
  3. Child care is a major expense for families.  The average weekly cost of full-time child care for an infant in Montgomery County is $348.00.  The average weekly cost of full-time child care for a preschooler in Montgomery County is $259.00.
  4. Child care costs represent 21% of an average family’s budget in Montgomery County.  This estimate of average family expenses is based on a family of four with an average family income within the County.  It includes the average cost in Montgomery County for full-time infant care in a family child care home ($12,452), and the average cost for full-time child care for a preschooler in a child care center ($13,451), totaling nearly $26,000 in average annual child care costs for two young children.Child Care Costs - Chart
  5. Although Montgomery County is relatively affluent, 9.7% of the County’s children live in families with incomes below the poverty level. There were 23,094 children under age 18 in poverty in the County, according to 2013 Census estimates.

References

The Annie E Casey Foundation. (2015). KIDS COUNT Data Center.  [Selected KIDS COUNT Indicators for Montgomery County, Maryland.]

Maryland Family Network. (2015). Child Care Demographics 2015.

For additional detail on data sources, see PDF version of this post with endnotes.

 

 

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Week of the Young Child Family Fun in the Park Fest to be held April 19th

This week is the Week of the Young Child, and in Maryland, the MDAEYC — Montgomery County Chapter is hosting a Family Fun in the Park Fest to celebrate!  The Park Fest will be held at Cabin John Regional Park on Sunday, April 19th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Families with young children are invited to come out and join us for some fun hands-on activities, including sensory play experiences, craft projects, and face painting.  The park is located at 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817.  The Park Fest will be held near the playground. Flyer for Week of the Young Child Park Fest

The Week of the Young Child runs from April 12th- 18th this year, and is an annual celebration to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize early childhood education programs that serve their needs.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association, hosts this celebration each year.  Local communities around the nation are hosting events celebrating young children this week.

MDAEYC — Montgomery County Chapter is a membership organization of early childhood education professionals who live or work in Montgomery County, Maryland.  You can follow the Montgomery County Chapter on Twitter or Facebook.  We hope to see you at the Park Fest on Sunday!

Family Fun in the Park Fest Flyer in PDF

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Maryland’s ECE Teachers Deserve a Worthy Wage

Did you know that child care workers in Maryland earn less than mechanics, administrative assistants, and hairdressers?  Child care workers in Maryland earn an average hourly wage of $11.07, according to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This pay rate translates into an average annual wage of $23,020, a meager income which is only slightly above the poverty threshold for a family of three.  Preschool teachers in Maryland fare slightly better, with an average hourly wage of $15.44.Chart, mean hourly wage for Maryland workers

Today is Worthy Wage Day, an annual day of action to call attention to the important work of early childhood educators  and raise awareness of the need to improve the wages of the early childhood workforce.

Numerous studies show the impressive benefits to children and to society from high-quality early learning.  If we value the quality of the early care and education that young children receive, we must value the teachers and caregivers that provide it.

The early childhood field is plagued by high job turnover rates of about 30 percent of the workforce annually.  Paying better wages helps early learning programs attract and retain talented teachers, who are critical to providing quality early learning experiences for young children.  Of course, part of the challenge in paying early childhood teachers higher wages is that families can ill-afford to pay more for early learning.  That’s why greater public investments in early childhood education, like the proposed federal Strong Start for America’s Children Act, are so important.  These investments would enable programs to improve the quality of their services, help enable teachers to earn wages more worthy of their talents, and keep early learning services affordable for families.

Related:  Maryland child care workers’ wage infographic on Facebook.

The American Federation of Teachers has a toolkit of resources for Worthy Wage Day.Worthy Wage Day logo, AFT

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Pre-K is Good for Pennsylvania Business

Pre-K for PA Infographic

Pre-K for PA Infographic

Pre-K for PA released a report prepared by ReadyNation/America’s Edge which shows the economic boost that prekindergarten investments can generate in the state economy.  For each dollar invested in pre-k in Pennsylvania, a total of $1.79 in economic activity is generated in the state.

The report also estimates that if Pennsylvania invested funding in pre-k to provide access for all 3- and 4-year-olds in the Commonwealth, that investment would generate an additional $800 million in goods and services outside the early learning services sector.  This additional $800 million would be generated in the following major Pennsylvania sectors as follows:

  • Chart showing sectors of the economy with additional investments in early learningprofessional, business and other services (23%);
  • insurance, money and finance (18%);
  • construction and real estate (17%);
  • retail and wholesale trade (13%);
  • health services (12%); and
  • other sectors (17%).

Pre-K for PA is an issue campaign in support of access to high-quality pre-k for every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania.  Its founding organizational members are key early childhood and children’s organizations (Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Pennsylvania Head Start Association, PennAEYC, PAEYC, and DVAEYC) and supporters of pre-k investments (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Mission: Readiness, and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia).

This report is one in a series of reports by ReadyNation I co-authored which document the potential economic impact of investments in early learning.

Edited to add:  Press coverage of the report:

 

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Early Learning Investments Can Help Kids AND the Economy

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Those of us working on children’s issues know that investing in high-quality early learning for young children pays off over the long run, with better academic performance in school, increased rates of employment, and decreased involvement with crime.  Less well known are the impressive short-term benefits of early learning for the local economy.

The business leaders’ organization ReadyNation/America’s Edge released a report today, which I contributed to, illustrating the short-term economic activity that can be generated by early learning in Illinois.   As the report states:

For every $1 invested in early care and education in Illinois, an additional 94 cents are generated, for a total of $1.94 in new economic activity in the state.  This strong economic boost for local businesses is higher than investments in other major sectors such as transportation, retail trade and manufacturing.  This strong economic boost for local businesses is higher than investments in other major sectors such as manufacturing ($1.79), transportation ($1.91) and retail trade ($1.93).

While investments in any industry generate additional economic activity, what’s impressive here is that the early learning sector has one of the highest “multiplier effects” in the local economy compared to other major sectors.  Although the figures cited here are specific to Illinois, the same general pattern holds true across the country, with the early learning sector at or near the top compared to other major sectors.

Early learning promotes economic development.  Not only does it help kids get the right start in life, it generates additional economic activity in the local economy which benefits businesses and our communities. When policymakers are faced with tough budget choices, its good to know that early learning is an investment that can help children learn, help parents work and help grow the economy.

The press release for the report.

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State Action for Kids: in Nebraska, New Mexico, Virginia, and Maryland

State legislative sessions are underway around the country, and advocates are busy at work seeking policy wins for children.  Here are updates on several state policy advocacy efforts this week:

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