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Early Childhood Educators Woefully Underpaid


June 15, 2016
Economics and Finance
Lauren Camera
US News & World Report

Early childhood educators, who are tasked with helping children build a solid foundation for academic, health and social achievement, are woefully underpaid, argues a new reportfrom the Obama administration – some even earning so little that they qualify for public benefits.

“Undervaluing the nation’s early childhood educators flies in the face of what we know about brain development and the optimal time for learning,” Secretary of Education John King said.

Early childhood educators, who are tasked with helping children build a solid foundation for academic, health and social achievement, are woefully underpaid, argues a new reportfrom the Obama administration – some even earning so little that they qualify for public benefits.

“Undervaluing the nation’s early childhood educators flies in the face of what we know about brain development and the optimal time for learning,” Secretary of Education John King said.

And in 13 states, they earn less than 50 percent of the annual wages earned by kindergarten teachers.