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