Worthy Wages for Worthy Work

Join the Worthy Wages Campaign! Early educators deserve worthy wages for worthy work.

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The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear to everyone that child care is essential – for young children, working families, and our state’s economy. Early educators are the workforce behind the workforce, and they have been on the frontlines of this crisis from day one.

Despite their essential role, child care teachers remain woefully underpaid and undervalued for the critically important work they do. These teachers, overwhelmingly women and primarily women of color, have remained in the classroom this whole time earning low wages and risking their own health to care for the children of working families.

It’s long past time for early educators to earn the professional compensation and benefits they deserve. We need you to join us in this fight!

Governor Roy Cooper Supports Worthy Wages!

Babies’ brains and healthy development are supported by close nurturing relationships with their parents and caregivers in their lives. Young children need experienced, well-educated teachers with whom they can form close attachments and relationships to support their healthy development and early learning. Yet North Carolina is facing an unprecedented workforce crisis, with fewer people entering the early childhood field and qualified teachers leaving the field at high rates due to low wages and lack of benefits.

North Carolina’s economic recovery and future prosperity depend on a strong early childhood workforce and child care system. But the early childhood workforce crisis existed long before the pandemic, and we cannot continue to build our early education system on the backs of child care teachers working for unlivable wages. It’s up to us to make sure policymakers recognize the value of the early childhood workforce – before, during, and after COVID-19.

Please sign up now to keep fighting for Worthy Wages with us in 2022! Early educators deserve worthy wages for the worthy work they do, and it’s time for everyone to stand up and speak out. Together, we can build a movement to support the early childhood workforce.

Join the Worthy Wages Campaign!

Help raise awareness and tell policymakers that early educators deserve worthy wages for their worthy work.

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Worthy Wages Campaign Toolkit

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Thanks for being in this fight!

We are so excited to work together with amazing advocates across the state who are ready to make an impact for the early childhood workforce. If you have any questions or would like to share ideas with us, please contact us. We look forward to fighting for #WorthyWagesNC with you!