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5 Reasons Why We Should Appreciate Early Childhood Teachers

Early childhood educators are unsung heroes in our society, playing a central role in shaping the future of our children, communities, and world. Here are just five reasons why we should thank the teachers and caregivers of our littles today.

  1. Early childhood teachers lay the foundation for lifelong learning, providing our children with the building blocks they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They nurture and guide our littles for a significant part of their day during their most critical developmental years - 90% of brain development occurs before age 5!

  2. If your daycare has ever closed unexpectedly or your child has been sent home sick, you know all too well that early childhood educators are an essential part of the workforce. They enable us the freedom to fulfill our work, school, and other obligations with peace of mind knowing that our children are cared for.

  3. Beyond their role in childcare, teachers serve as advocates for equity, partnering closely with families to tailor support for each child's individual learning and developmental needs. They create inclusive learning environments where children from diverse backgrounds feel seen, respected, and empowered to express their identities authentically.

  4. The median annual wage for preschool teachers in 2020 was $30,520, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite receiving low wages, early childhood teachers are deeply committed to their profession, dedicating themselves to the care and education of young children every single day with passion, enthusiasm and love.

  5. Expressing gratitude to teachers is not just a nicety; it's a gesture that contributes to a positive school culture. When parents actively show appreciation, it fosters a partnership between home and school, enhancing communication and cooperation for the benefit of your child's well-being. We encourage you to pause this week, amidst the chaos, and to reflect on the reasons that you are grateful for your child's teacher or caregiver. Be sure to share those reasons with them - you won't be sorry you did.

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