In 2021, Vermont’s Task Force presented recommendations on Professional Compensation for workforce consideration. These recommendations stem from the Task Force’s study of Power to the Profession’s Pathways, Preparation and Compensation.
From the Discussion Draft:
Task Force Responses to Power to the Profession Recommendations: Professional Compensation
We wholeheartedly agree that Professional Compensation must be a central part of the future system of early childhood education.
We see the P2P recommendations as contributing to:
- Equity across settings for educators, children and families
- Equity across age groups birth through age eight
- Recruitment of early childhood educators
- Retention of early childhood educators
- The well-being of those in the profession
- Clear career paths and continuing professional learning for those in the profession
We see these recommendations as the broad, guiding principles for how Professional Compensation will be structured. We believe it is important to have workforce voices at the table as details and logistics are figured out.
Task Force Consensus: Put forth to the workforce these P2P recommendations on Professional Compensation, as written.
Task Force Responses to Power to the Profession Recommendations: Public Financing to Support Professional Compensation
We appreciate P2P’s naming of state and federal financing responsibility and acknowledge that the “audacious vision” will take big changes in funding sources and increases in public financing.
We believe that the future system cannot be built on:
- What families can afford
- The backs of the workforce
Public financing is critical, not only for compensation, but also for other parts of the future system:
- Scholarships and supports for current and prospective educators to attain credentials
- Financial support for recognized professional preparation programs
- Funding that addresses the true cost of quality programs
We are encouraged by the national work on policy and funding that NAEYC is embarking on. We recognize that the development of a national profession will strengthen that effort.
We are encouraged by recent Vermont actions and proposals regarding compensation, including:
- Financial support of early care and education during COVID-19
- Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (2020)
- Let’s Grow Kids Legislative Agenda (2021)
Task Force Consensus: Consensus Document on Professional Compensation must address the topic of funding for that compensation.