The newsletter for NIEER (National Institute for Early Education Research) includes this request for information from the early childhood field:
"NIEER is seeking input from the early care and education workforce to inform the design of a future nationwide, state-representative survey of paid workers in early care and education for children birth to age 5. Results from the future survey will help inform policy decisions made by state and federal early childhood education policymakers.
NIEER wants the broadest possible representation of the workforce in designing the survey, with input not only from teachers and assistants, but also administrators, coaches, speech and language therapists, and other support staff. We are asking every organization that connects with even a part of the workforce to share this information:
NIEER seeks input from everyone working with children under age 5 to inform the design of a future nationwide, state-representative survey of the ECE workforce. This is an opportunity to tell us what you want policymakers to know about the workforce. Your input will influence the scope and content of the survey. Answers are completely anonymous. Please click here for the short 11-question survey to tell us what you want policymakers to know about the early childhood education workforce."
And, speaking of surveys, if you have not yet completed our recent Exchange survey, you have one more chance to do so here.
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Linda, thank you for your input.
-Tiffany at Exchange
Wages are better yet not to the point of supporting cost of living. Good teachers are attracted out to employment that meets cost of living. Educational requirements are not matched completely to academic requirements. Educational cost has exceeded what teachers make on the job.