To ensure that the state’s early education and care programs are high-quality endeavors, Massachusetts should find the best ways to structure the salaries and career pathways of early educators, according to a recent report from the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children (BTWIC). The report looks at salary data for early educators and explores how the Massachusetts Career Ladder could be used to tie educators’ qualifications and skills to salary incentives.
“The educators who teach our children from birth to age five significantly influence the rest of their lives, both intellectually and emotionally,” said Mary Reed, founder and president of the BTWIC in a press release. “If we want to develop and retain high-quality early childhood educators, we have to work together to improve the way we evaluate and compensate them at every level. This baseline analysis of salaries is an important step in the right direction.”
Using a Career Ladder for Professional Development
“In 2010, the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to create a career ladder for early educators,” the report explains. The ladder outlines a professional (more…)