We need to empower these educators with the resources and compensation they truly deserve – they are the direct influences over our nation’s largest investment. We need to support them through:
- Providing scholarships for educators to access higher education programs
- Empowering educators to pursue these higher education programs
- Stipulating a commitment to stay in early childhood education for a requisite number of years after completing their higher education program
- Embedding a threshold of knowledge and skills for early learning professionals that is aligned with compensation, in all federal and state funding streams
Through these initiatives, we can ensure all early childhood educators are diverse, effective professionals capable of providing high quality education in a system that supports their leadership and excellence.