May is Worthy Wages Month for our Commission! Inspired by the Worthy Wages Campaign, during this month we will highlight different aspects of the early educator profession and the persistent crisis in the compensation levels.
As we stated in our 2017 Policy Platform, we are especially supporting the advancement of “Equitable compensation levels for the workforce that are adequate for effective recruitment, development, and retention of professionals.” Together with other community members of the Early Care and Education (ECE) field, we are especially advocating for a minimum wage increase that reflects the level of a living wage and the expansion of other key compensation elements.
The following are some activities we are planning for this month:
- Sharing articles with information about related issues on social media
- Inviting public-decision makers to visit an early education school (e.g. child care facilities) and do a job shadow
- Presenting at the County of Marin Board Supervisors’ Meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd
Join us in lifting up our voices and educating decision-makers about the crucial importance of early childhood educators! We can’t ensure quality in child care and early education without adequately compensated professionals.