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May 01, 2020
Early Educators play an important role in the lives of Alaska’s young children—providing safe, healthy and playful child care. Yet our early education
workforce earns an average of $12/hour, resulting in high-turnover in the field and poor continuity of care.
The number one indicator of quality child care is the early educator. Adults trained in early childhood education provide higher quality care, implement more appropriate activities and prepare children for school. When they are forced to seek adequate pay and benefits elsewhere, Alaska’s families and children suffer the consequences.
Worthy Wage Day is a national day of action held on May 1 since 1992. It is designed to raise public awareness of:
It is also a day to remind us to thank our early educators and call on our policymakers and communities to find solutions to this issue.
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