Pathways Recommendation

Increase education standards and develop a sustainable plan (including incentives and loan forgiveness) to align birth-through-age-five educator compensation with that of K-12 educators. As a part of this work, expand WAGE$ and T.E.A.C.H. for Birth-through-age-five Educators and Directors. Expand WAGE$ and T.E.A.C.H. early childhood scholarships statewide for teachers, directors, and family child care providers to earn Early Childhood Education certificates, Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, B-K licenses, preschool add-on licenses, and/or Master’s degrees in early childhood leadership and management.

Pathways Action Map > Expectation 3: Education Action 3.12: Increase Standards and Compensation of Birth-through-Age-Five Educators

Why This Matters

In North Carolina, early educators with a bachelor’s degree are paid nearly 30% less on average than their colleagues in the K-8 system.1 Many early educators also do not receive benefits. Research shows that increasing the standards and compensation of birth-through-age five educators improves the quality of care children receive. When educators are adequately trained and compensated, they are also more likely to enter and remain in the profession.

Read the Action Brief

We are always gathering more information about innovative work going on across the state.

Have a recommendation of an Initiative to add? Let us know!

Help Us Add To the Action Map