Support our Early Ed Teachers
This fall we are running a campaign to share the harsh realities faced by our early learning educators. This comes out of one of our 2020 Agenda priorities: Celebrate and Support Educators.
Early learning educators are integral to the development of the next generation. Science tells us that the most important way young children learn is through a strong bond with their caregivers. When parents have to work, early learning educators help with this important job.
When our early learning educators are stressed, struggling to pay their families’ bills, and worrying about being able to feed their families, they can’t bring everything our children need to school. We need to put our teachers first to put our children first.
This campaign is a partnership with The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade’s Thrive by Five program and the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). The statistics are taken from CSCCE’s 2018 SEQUAL Study in Miami-Dade.
What You Can Do
- Share our social media images and infographics below. You can use the following sample caption to spread the message:
- We need to put our teachers first to put our children first. When our early learning educators are stressed, struggling to pay their families’ bills, and worrying about being able to feed their families, they can’t bring everything our children need to school. We need to let them know we care! Learn how you can get involved #ForFloridaChildren! #SupportOurTeachers http://bit.ly/SupportFLTeachers
- Write to your legislator and ask them to support our 2020 Agenda in Tallahassee this year.
- Uplift and support the early learning educators in your life!
What The Movement wants legislators to do:
- Fund Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$, a program of teacher incentives based on retention and education.
- Fund Florida’s VPK and School Readiness programs in line with quality requirements.
Support Our Teachers Infographics
Support Our Teachers Social Media Posts
- 81% of teaching staff worried about paying their bills
- 80% of teachers worry about how to pay for healthcare costs
- 65% of teachers worry about losing pay for family illness
- 60% of teachers worry about taking time off to help family
- 70% of teachers worry about feeding their families
- 55% of teachers worry about being sent home without pay
- 46% of teachers worry about their hours being reduced
- 47% of teachers worry about being laid off from work
- 47% of teachers worry about their job benefits being reduced
- 77% of teachers reported uncertainty about getting a raise
- 86% of teachers worry about not having enough for retirement