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Pay for Preschool Teachers Remains Low

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Our kids are our most precious commodity so entrusting another adult to care for them and educate them during the formative preschool years is a major step. So why do we continue pay our preschool teachers so poorly?

According to a study by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, preschool teachers had a mean annual salary of $31,420 in 2013. The numbers are shocking when compared to other teachers. Kindergarten teachers made, on average, over $20,000 more per year, while post-secondary teachers made over $40,000 more per year. The average salary for preschool teachers ranks at the 19th percentile among all occupations.

Having a college degree did not have much of an effect on the preschool teachers’ pay. School-sponsored preschool teachers with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher made an average of $42,800 each year, while other public preschool teachers with the same degree made an average of $33,700.

Preschool has been proven to prepare children for kindergarten by promoting social and emotional development, teaching structure and promoting language and cognitive skills.

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