Did you know that 96% of the workforce in North Dakota makes a higher wage than early childhood teachers?
Did you know there is no reimbursement system for early childhood in North Dakota? All revenue comes from tuition.
Did you know that the teachers have to have low wages in order to provide affordable programs?
I had someone ask me the other day why I decided to work with young children. She asked if I was crazy. No, in fact, I am not crazy. Just like the late Whitney Houston said "I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way..." Seriously. I just quoted Whitney Houston.
Why is it that people caring for the elderly are paid almost twice as much as those that care and educate young children? I realize that they need some nursing skills but, we spend every single day with your child. Your child who has only been on this earth about 36 months. Seriously.
I am the director of an early learning program. We educate and care for children 20 months to Kindergarten. I admire each and every teacher working in our program.
Would you spend every day with a group of 20 month - 36 month olds? With the crying, pooping, potty training, cleaning, wiping, dressing...and finally teaching. Seriously.
Each and everyday I thank God that I had the opportunity to be a teacher for eight years before taking on an administrative role.