Preschool Teachers Should Get Paid More

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Preschool isn't just a place for parents to drop off their children while they are at work for the day. Preschool is the place where children learn the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Further, it is not only the children who receive the benefits of Early Childhood Education, but also their parents, families, and our society as a whole who feel the positive effects of quality preschool programs. If children are enrolled in quality preschool programs they are more likely to succeed academically and socially along their way. In order to assure successful preschool programs, maintaining qualified teachers is crucial. Therefore, the wages of preschool teachers must be raised and their pay scale aligned with that of kindergarten teachers. The most significant role of a preschool teacher is preparing children for kindergarten by introducing concepts they will explore further in kindergarten and elementary school. Preschool teachers put in average of 35 to 40 hours (or more) per week teaching children aged three to five years old social skills, reading, writing, math, science, and physical education in age appropriate curricula. They plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program. Preschool teachers observe, evaluate and document each child’s progress 3 times per school year. The findings are reported to parents during one of the many Parent/Teachers conferences held throughout the year. In addition, preschool teachers often monitor each child’s developmental level and provide referrals to services such as a Child Psychologist, Pathologist, or Physical Therapist, if a child is at risk. Despite the significance of these teachers’ roles, preschool teachers get paid less than half that of Elementary or Middle School teachers. The average salary of preschool teachers is
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