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ELCHC launches salary supplement program for early educators

Early learning teachers can earn $200 to $3,000 more per year

TAMPA, FL (Wednesday, February 20, 2019) – The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is introducing a new salary supplement program to assist early childhood educators.

Child care professionals who work in early learning programs with current School Readiness contracts may be eligible to receive stipends between $200 to $3,000 based on their education and continuity of employment.  The more education an early childhood teacher receives, the higher the earning potential!

According to the Center for American Progress, child care workers’ salaries are less than $29,000 per year. The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment stated that nearly half of all child care workers are enrolled in a least one public assistance program.

The desired outcome of this program is to improve child care quality by financially assisting early childhood educators, reducing turnover and encouraging continued education.

The supplemental salary initiative, called the Child Care WAGE$ Program, is funded by the ELCHC and will be overseen by the Children’s Forum, which administers similar wage supplement programs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Pinellas counties.