"Our child-care workers are overworked, they're underpaid, they're leaving the workforce, and this is having a real detrimental effect on our child-care system as a whole, and it's really straining families to a breaking point," said Carolanne Sanders, a policy associate with the Economic Opportunity Institute.
South Seattle residents should demand their legislators push state House leadership to go bold. In these dark times for our nation, we can’t limit our own vision of a just society with vibrant diverse communities and true opportunities to pursue happiness for all. We won’t get out of the darkness without hope and light.
The Legislature has turned a blind eye to Washington's youngest residents by passing legislation (like the Early Start Act) that talks a lot about high-quality child care, with nary a word about teacher compensation. The consequences of low wages are clear here, as they are in any workforce: low morale, high turnover and not much education. It's not a pathway to high quality early learning.
Child-care teaching is one of the most important professions, yet I'm glad my daughter teaches college students, not three- and four-year olds. Why? Because as an early childhood teacher, you progressively earn your way into poverty. Early childhood teachers are paid less than parking attendants. That's not much for someone providing love, learning, and support for our greatest assets
Gary Burris, senior policy associate at the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle, says there's a big reason for the discrepancy between high quality and low access. Washington has focused on enrolling children with special needs and from low-income families, an approach that he says costs more but is also very effective.
New research shows “family, friend and neighbor” (FFN) childcare providers with higher levels of education or training are more likely to have the skills to provide higher quality care for children, r…
Both the House and Senate budgets trim early learning programs, but they go about it differently. The House cuts or ends some individual programs, while the Senate proposes paying less per child for ECEAP, the state's preschool program for low-income families, and asking parents for a copayment. Gary Burris, a senior policy associate with the Economic Opportunity Institute, says any option comes with problems.
This year, the State Legislature created a working group to find ways to expand early learning to include more kids and to protect the funding. Gary Burris, who follows this issue as a senior policy associate for the Economic Opportunity Institute, says even in the current budget crisis, the ECEAP program has, for the most part, been spared.
EOI Executive Director John Burbank joined Rae Pica, host of "Body, Mind and Child", on her radio program for a discussion of early childhood education in Finland -- and what the U.S. can learn from one of the most highly rated early education systems in the world.
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