Hands up for worthy wages for early childhood educators!

April 29, 2023

Alaska’s early childhood educators play an essential role in the lives of working families and their young children by providing safe, healthy and playful child care. Despite the value of this work, teaching in early childhood education is one of the lowest paid occupations in the country!

Worthy Wages for Worthy Work

Early educators are qualified professionals who receive ongoing training and education to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to help young children learn and grow. When these educators are forced to leave the field for better pay and benefits, Alaska’s families and young children suffer the consequences. For Alaska to have quality child care, early educators must be fairly compensated.

May 1 is Worthy Wage Day and since 1992, Worthy Wage Day has been a National Day of Action and recognition of:

  • The low wages earned by early childhood educators.
  • The importance of retaining early educators so young children have continuity of care.
  • The need for public/private investment in early childhood education.

It is also a day to call on policymakers to find solutions to this issue, and to thank Alaska’s early educators for the work they do.

Take Action

Early educators are worthy of fair compensation. Here are ways you can act in support of their important work.

  • Say “Thank You!” On Friday, May 12 Provider Appreciation Day. Thank your early educator for their dedication to the field and join in on the national Twitter chat by using #ThankYouChildCare
  • Take action in support of child care in the FY24 state budget. There are only a few weeks left in the Alaska legislative session. Sign thread’s letter to legislators.