Sue Russell- founder of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship program, president of Child Care Services Association in North Carolina, and president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)- was recently asked to testify before the United States House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. In her testimony, Russell discussed three necessary components of high-quality early education that are often overlooked: improved education, increased compensation, and decreased turnover within the early childhood education workforce. She went on to say that “more funding is needed to ensure a uniform level of quality for all young children. The reauthorization of CCDBG provides us with such an opportunity. And we believe that one area that must be targeted with increased investments is raising the education and compensation of the early childhood workforce.”
As the organization that manages the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship program in Wisconsin, WECA understands the importance of higher education, fair wages, and increased retention in our early childhood workforce. In addition to T.E.A.C.H., WECA also administers the R.E.W.A.R.D. ™ WISCONSIN stipend program. R.E.W.A.R.D. is a compensation and retention initiative that provides salary supplements to early childhood professionals based on their educational attainments and longevity in the field.
We would like to applaud Sue Russell for her commitment to the early education workforce and her testimony before the subcommittee. You can read the testimony in its entirety here. You can also read more about this hearing in a blog entry posted earlier this month.