Worthy Wages for Worthy Work

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By Stephanie Skordas, Director of Marketing & Communications

Ready for School, Ready for Life and our partners believe that early child care teachers are underpaid and undervalued for the important work they do — educating our youngest children who will grow up to be our future workforce and leaders. 

The median pay for child care workers in Guilford and 50 other counties in North Carolina care is between $10-$12 an hour with few benefits. Many child care teachers who love their jobs can’t make ends meet and look for better-paying jobs elsewhere. That staff turnover is tough on child care centers, and the children in these centers experience loss when their teacher leaves.

See what these early child care teachers and administrators are experiencing daily. We collaborated with EQuIPD to create this video focused on Guilford County’s early child care teachers.

Take action! Tell your legislators to improve pay and benefits for early educators. Find your representative at www.ncleg.gov

Learn more! Read this blog post from the North Carolina Early Education Coalition.