Magazine article Working Mother

Reach Out

Magazine article Working Mother

Reach Out

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We trust them to nurture our kids, yet child-care teachers earn a meager $19,670 a year on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The result is a high turnover estimated at 30 percent in a field that benefits from consistency. Many of these teachers leave child-care education to go into other fields such as elementary education, where they earn more and have better benefits.

Still, one group has been celebrating top early childhood teachers for 21 years. Founded by the parents of a child-care teacher who died in a car accident in 1986 at age 25, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation aims to raise the status of child-care teachers. "There are roughly 26 million working moms in the U.S., some 85 percent of whom use child care," says Allan S. Miller, executive director of the foundation. …

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