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QUALITY CHILD CARE FOR EVERY FAMILY
Just like construction workers need a scaffold to put up a building, quality caregivers need support to play their important roles in the lives of children. But right now, they’re not getting it, and that’s the biggest threat to the integrity of our early learning system. Early childhood educators have not seen raises above minimum wage in almost 30 years. Low wages severely limit the ability of providers to access the higher education system, and many leave the field for higher paying jobs.
 
Help child care providers across the state today do their best to care for our kids by supporting HB 2556.
Children and teacher in classroom
Every family enrolling a child in licensed care should be able to experience a caregiver who matches their racial/ethnic background, speaks their home language, and shares their cultural practices. The early learning workforce gains much of its knowledge through workplace-based experience. Furthermore, through a combination of experience and community-based training, the workforce gains the skills to carry out high quality work.

House Bill 2556 helps caregivers by supporting the development and funding of community-based training pathways and professional development opportunities that meet their needs. This would give a greater diversity of child care providers the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, meet the requirements for licensure. and lay critical ground for increased compensation.
 
TELL LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT HB 2556!
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