Piedmont early education teachers ask for ‘worthy wage’

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Early childhood educators in the Piedmont are speaking out on “Worthy Wage Day.”

Many trained and qualified teachers work with the youngest students for minimum wage or just over minimum wage.

They’d like to see more funding such as supplements to their salaries to make a livable wage.

According to numbers provided by the Guilford County Partnership for Children, 46 percent of child care teachers’ families nationwide enrolled in at least one of four public support programs: The Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP, food stamps)  and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

The average starting child care teacher wage is $9. That hasn’t changed since 2011. The average highest teacher wage is $12.02, even for the most experience and educated teachers.

The average starting assistant teacher wage is $8.50, up fifty cents from 2011. The average highest assistant teacher wage is $10.

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Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Guilford County Partnership for Children

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