Join with Early Educator colleagues from around the state on Friday January 24 from 9am to 3pm as we meet with legislators to advocate for ourselves and the families we serve.
Have lunch with your Representatives and Senators at Capitol Plaza.
Early Educators deserve respect and the right to organize!
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Tom Copeland. November 12, 2013.
There are about one million paid family child care providers and another 2.7 million unpaid caregivers regularly providing home-based care to children ages birth through age five other than their own.
This number is much higher than previous reports that only looked at the number of licensed or regulated family child care providers.
This data is from a newly released study that surveyed a nationally representative portrait of early care and education teachers and caregivers in center and home-based settings. They based their report on data collected in the first half of 2012.
by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, Lesley University
Published in New York Times and Huffington Post. Read in full here.
Accepting anything for our young learners other than an engaging and developmentally appropriate curriculum and teacher-driven assessments is a disservice to them, their parents and their teachers.
Can America’s Kids Succeed? Critical Investments Should Target the First Eight Years of Life, Report Finds
News release from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. November 4, 2013
Read the full release here
Only 36 percent of third graders on track in cognitive development; low-income and minority children faring even worse.
BALTIMORE — The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. Decades of brain and child development research show that kids who enter kindergarten with below-average language and cognitive skills can catch up — but only if they are physically healthy and have strong social and emotional skills.
By Randal Edgar, Providence Journal. October 31,2013
Full article, video and photos, at the Providence Journal
CRANSTON — The childcare providers sat quietly, mostly toward the back. But when they heard the results, they stood up and cheered.
By an overwhelming margin — 390 to 19 — providers who serve children from low-income families had voted to unionize, winning what they said was an overdue dose of respect and recognition, intangibles that also come with the right to bargain.
“We finally got it, we’ve finally got a voice,” said Rosemary Raygada of Providence, one of about 50 providers who watched Thursday as state Department of Labor and Training officials counted the ballots. “We want to make sure that when we raise up Rhode Island, no child, no family, and no professional is left behind.”
By Alicia Freese, VT Digger. October 29, 2013.
Read the full article at Vermont Digger
Participants in the Governor’s Early Childhood Summit listen to Gov. Peter Shumlin speech. They were charged with drafting a “statewide action plan” to expand early education in Vermont. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger
At the Governor’s Early Childhood Summit on Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said that Vermont’s economic future hinges on improving early education in the state.
Shumlin called for the summit during his second inaugural speech in January.
His goal, the governor told the group of about 250 policymakers, philanthropists, educators, advocates, parents and business leaders at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, is “to make Vermont the first state where early childhood education, zero to first grade, or zero on up, is as important or more important than the rest of the education experience.”
Full article at WPTZ
By Stewart Ledbetter. October 29, 2013
So while [Governor Shumlin] plans no comprehensive proposal to the Legislature this winter, he will ask lawmakers once again to establish universal kindergarten in every community, and allow child care workers to unionize.
That idea, supporters say, would improve wages and benefits and reduce turnover in a profession essential to working parents and to successful childhood development.
By Tom Brown, VT Digger. October 3, 2013
Full article at Vermont Digger
Vermont’s 7,500 independent home health care workers chose AFSCME Vermont Homecare United to represent them in collective bargaining in an election process that concluded Thursday.
An unofficial ballot count shows 1,412 workers (71.4 percent) voted to have AFSCME Vermont Homecare United as their union representative and 566 said no, according to Tim Noonan, executive director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, which conducted the election. There were 23 spoiled ballots, Noonan said.
Noonan said the vote is not official until a 10-day period for objections has passed.
The union vote followed the passage of Act 148 in the last legislative session, which gave independent home care workers the right to organize to seek better benefits and working conditions. The workers, who provide in-home care to the elderly and people with disabilities, are paid with state Medicaid funds but are employed by their clients.
Read the full news Release Vermont Early Educators United. September 27, 2013
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT — Vermont Early Educators United (VEEU-AFT) has teamed with the organization First Book to distribute over a 1,000 books to children. Early educators around the state will be handing out high-quality, new books to low-income children (aged 0-5) as a campaign to encourage early literacy.
Judy Pransky, owner of Cherry Street PlayCare in St. Johnsbury, explained, “We are excited about the opportunity to give children their own books. As early educators, we know that reading to children is key to improving emerging reading skills. However, sometimes children have very little access to books; especially their own books and we want to make a difference the learning outcomes of low-income children.”
FAIRLEE – The Champlain Valley Central Labor Council presented the 2013 Linda Backus Award to Kay Curtis at the annual Vermont AFL-CIO convention at Lake Morey Resort this past weekend. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman organizer in memory of the late Linda Backus, a research professor at the Department of Education, University of Vermont, and one of the prime organizers (and first president) of United Academics, American Federation of Teachers, at UVM. Linda’s unending dedication to improving the working conditions for UVM faculty and staff was an inspiration to her colleagues, and her death at age 54 in 2005 was a great loss. Kay Curtis, early childhood educator extraordinaire and leader with Vermont Early Educators United, is the sixth recipient of the award and the third American Federation of Teachers (AFT-VT) member to receive the honor.
Curtis runs Happy Hands a Licensed Home Childcare Program in Brattleboro. “Kay is committed to the children and families she serves, as well as to her provider colleagues. She is persistent in her advocacy for the right for early educators to be granted the right to organize, so their voice can be heard,” explained Heather Riemer, campaign manager for Vermont Early Educators United.
Ben Johnson, President of AFT-VT, congratulated Curtis, saying, “We are proud of Kay and appreciate her dedication to quality early education and the right of the providers to organize. We stand with these workers who are primarily women and are often isolated from their colleagues and working for very low wages.”
Curtis accepted the award, noting, “Our work is not yet done. I am hopeful that this year the Vermont legislature will pass the bill that allows us to organize and to work together to ensure high quality early education for every Vermont child, as well as fair pay for the providers who work with the children every day.”