Early childhood education is at a turning point. We are doubling our area coverage.

The early childhood education system in the United States is in a state of disrepair. In areas where quality, affordability, and availability are rarely offered in the same place, it is a statement of fact rather than an objective approach.

As it is, the field usually works (or doesn’t work) like this: families have to pay more than they can afford-Sometimes more or less than mortgaging their homes-For the early care and education of their children. Yet those who care and educate are among the poorest workers in this country – with low wages In the second percentage When ranked nationally against other businesses, the average earnings are $ 11.65 per hour — and often requires public assistance to complete. Child care providers, meanwhile, seldom break even in good times and shutter in the worst case scenario. And children are denied the high quality care they need and deserve.

This dynamism in the field is not new, but it has worsened during the epidemic.

For example, the shortage of workers is plaguing many industries across the country. This is it Especially pronounced In the child care sector, the crisis is turning into an overall crisis in many parts of the country, where some programs still do not serve anywhere near their pre-epidemic potential due to high turnover and shortage of childhood teachers. Shortage boils down to low wages, high risk, and minimal respect, which is sure to keep the epidemic at bay until something changes.

These challenges were met during the country’s vaccine rollout earlier this year, when K-12 teachers in several states were given priority over their counterparts in childhood education. Many childhood educators have described snubs as “a slap in the face,” but said they were not surprised – these people follow the long-term low respect they have for them.

Although the sector has suffered, it has, in the end, gained the attention, interest and outrage of the masses, who are often the forerunners of change.

Congress is currently considering a bill that would include universal preschool funding for 3- and 4-year-olds, increase child tax credits, increase wages for child care workers, and federally ordained paid family leave, although the final version is likely to include a bill. Reduced funding or full deduction For some of those events.

What has become clear in the last year and a half, the epidemic has dragged on, is that the field of childhood has reached a turning point. How will the policy change shape? This area will be treated in the public interest, so many Other countries See what it is? Who to gain and who to lose? What does high-quality elementary education look like, and why is it important? Will childhood teachers start giving them proper honorarium and respect?

As recruitment changes and changes occur, many teachers, families and leaders will seek guidance, understanding and clarity on these issues. EdSurge will be here to cover those changes and keep them in context.

Our scope is expanding

Two years ago, our newsroom received support from Imaginary Futures to expand coverage in childhood education, with a specific lens on workers, a large group of women and women of color. This was a natural step forward for us, as we had been studying K-12 and higher for many years. But perhaps more importantly, as is true in the public sphere, childhood coverage in the media has historically lacked the attention and resources to education at other levels. We wanted to change that.

Finally, according to evidence from brain science and numerous longitudinal studies, early childhood is the most critical developmental stage in a person’s life. And this is a time of development where, if children are properly nurtured, nurtured and invested, many parties व्यक्ती individuals, families and communities as a whole; Local, state and national governments; The whole economic sector – stands for profit.

Coverage has become essential to what we do and who we are as a news organization, from the very beginning of our first year reporting – from birth to the age of 8. Won the award For our report, It is spoken on the screen It is known as a place for telling true stories about problems, and otherwise with all the nuances and complications, early childhood education.

Now, we’re doubling down if we don’t keep that focus.

With the renewal of Imaginary Futures, we will expand our childhood coverage beyond employees to include early learning sciences, horizon policy changes, credentialing pathways and teacher readiness, field investments and more. We will also cover what works and why, but what is broken and how it can be fixed.

Childhood coverage has been a part of everything we do here since we first joined AdSerge. Following up on emerging strategies and research, it is doing this work on a daily basis, reporting on the most important issues and learning from childhood educators.

We want to hear directly from all types of childhood educators, including assistant teachers, head teachers, program directors, and other related roles. We want to hear from families, researchers, lawyers, policymakers and other parties who have a unique approach, insight or skill to share.

We also invite you to reach out and share your thoughts, to be the source of the story, or to let us know if you have any ideas for yourself. EdSurge is currently Adopting pitches From childhood teachers to experiences in their field, especially how their roles and work are changing lives. EdSurge has staff editors who would love to work with you to write first-person essays about your experiences and observations in your field.

Please contact EdSurge, a senior reporter with a childhood education at Emily@edsurge.com, by emailing tips@edsurge.com or contacting me. And if you’re a childhood teacher, to tell a story, Please write your story here.

As policies, practices, and public perceptions about early childhood education develop, we look forward to coming here to tell the stories of real people and communities who have been directly affected. Join us or follow us as we do.

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