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We know that babies and young children thrive when they develop close relationships with a consistent, nurturing caregiver. However, poverty-level wages are driving competent early childhood educators from the field.

In Alaska, the hourly median wage earned by child care workers is $12.48 (AFT 2017 Ranking of Child Care Workers’ Hourly Wages).

Each day, early childhood educators work tirelessly to care for our most precious resource – our children. Yet, their wages do not reflect the important work they do.

Today, May 1, is recognized nationally as Worthy Wage Day. This is a day of action to bring awareness to the low wages earned by early childhood educators and the detrimental effect teacher turnover has on children. Worthy Wage Day is also a time to urge legislators and communities to invest in high-quality early care and learning, including fair compensation for early childhood educators. 

We need your help to raise awareness today. Follow us on social media all day as we post more information, and share with us why you believe early childhood educators deserve #worthywages.

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