Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Jamie’s @ http://starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/ question today is… What do you wish to change? As always – I have to think about her questions for a bit. They are thought provoking and generally serious when it comes down to it. What do you want to change, big picture, little picture??? I guess I’ll focus on the big one today…
I have taught preschool for 23 years or so. I have a college background in Early Childhood Education and have taught both in center preschools, camp settings, after school programs and in home. What would I change here…. How we value our children, on many levels – but for me this is the one I focus on – better Early Childhood Education. Better training , more VALUED teachers & better pay. The preschool teachers out there tend to spend more time with children than they do with their families. Clearly not all children – but a large majority . Who do we want caring for our children, offering up character training and learning opportunities? Do you want someone who is trained or received a degree and is committed to children and the childcare industry as a whole? Or… someone who is in between jobs has never had any training to work with children and may be a teacher for six months and then leave a classroom full of children to go through yet another change of personnel. It is traumatic for them!! Or perhaps the Mom who with great intentions, opens an in home day care in an area with no regulations, where nothing is expected of them in terms of inspections, training and safety? I am not saying that there are not teachers and care providers out there that are not amazing and have no college education but have experience and a heart for children – more power to them!!! That’s how most of us started! Me too! What I want to see is people with a heart for children being offered opportunities to grow in the industry! I want to see children being given loving, trained care & teachers being given the respect and pay they deserve.
I am incredibly blessed, I have an amazing group of parents who respect and pay me what I’m worth. I charge on the high end, but offer a full am in home preschool program. I am good at what I do & I love doing it. So more power to all of you preschool teachers , who love children and what you do!! Here is to changing the childcare industry to value children and teachers!!! This is what I wish change.