Did you hear? The governor has approved a new mandate that insists that all people who work with young children, regardless of location (school, center, or home based) are paid a minimum of $100,000 per year with a cost-of-living increase each year working in the profession. In addition, he has added that benefits for child care workers include a solid 401k retirement package that is matched by the state government, an affordable family health care plan, and mandatory vacation time. Money will be invested in professional development opportunities. Early Childhood Education programs will also be expanding delivering affordable education for all providers so they can further their educations in a variety of way and formats. Pay will increase with further education.
Does this sound too good to be true?
I don’t think this should be an April Fool’s prank. I think this is what everyone who works with children deserves. Unfortunately, the above continues to be a dream, not a reality.