Do any Early Childhood Teachers or Previous Early childhood teachers feel as they are not valued

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Hey there,

    I currently teach Pre-K and feel so under valued. I teach a federally funded Pre K that happens to be located in a daycare instead of a school. Many people feel as all I do is daycare work. I even had to explain to a poster on another education forum that Pre-K teacher are required to have 4 year degrees and certifications and that some states are pushing for degrees and certifications for teachers that teach below pre k.

    Many people still think that Pre K is considered daycare and that teachers are not required to teach anything. They believe that these things will be acquired in the Kindergarten grade level. Well, they are in for a big surprise. I am just appalled at the way people perceptions are about Pre K .

    I take my job serious and attended many trainings to teach Pre Kindergarten.

    A lot of parents also thinks that 4 and 5 year olds are too young for the level of education required for pre k students.

    I have to explain that we are required to teach standards that should be grasped before kindergarten
     
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    As far as parents go, I felt more appreciated when I taught Pre-K "in a daycare". They were just so grateful and told me the following year how their kids were excelling in Kindergarten.
    But from other people, I feel more appreciated now that I work in an elementary school, even though I'm teaching the exact same age group!! Somehow it's "better" than a daycare.
    Makes no sense.
    I remember at my first job at a small daycare, I was talking to someone who asked if I ever wanted to go to school for my Associate's.... I told him, "nah, my Bachelor's degree is enough for now"
    The assumptions are great..
    It's fun when people find out I have a Master's in Education because 1. I look super young, and 2. I teach preschool and apparently you don't need any degrees to teach that age (so false)
     
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    In my state pre-k teachers don't have to have four year degrees (they do have to have training) and they typically aren't paid the same as K-12 teachers. My district pays our preschool teachers hourly and it's something like $12-16 an hour. Meanwhile, the lowest rung on the K-12 salary scale works out to be about $25 an hour if you broke it down into hourly pay. I think this speaks volumes about how little ECE is valued. I do think it's extremely important. People don't seem to realize that it's possible to come into Kindergarten behind/below grade level (I've actually had arguments on this board about that). I work in a low SES district and many of our students are coming into K years behind developmentally. Everything gets pushed down to our poor K teachers because many teachers assume that everything starts in K/ it's okay to come into K with no skills/knowledge and that "gaps are created" started in K. In reality, many of our kids are coming in at a 2-3 year old level and functioning in a K level classroom is extremely difficult for them.
     
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    I teach pre -k and many people, even those who know I have a bachelor's and state certification, ask me about my daycare. You are right, both deserve more respect than they get. However, it is definitely a calling. You must find your reward in your own work and the children. There just aren't many kudos for ECE out there.
     
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    Exactly! its almost as if we are the last on the totem pole
     
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    Wen I taught pre-K it was in a private daycare center. I felt so valued! I think it depends on the area, the school, and the parents.
     
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    Sadly, I feel under valued by parents and teachers. If I choose to join in a discussion about teaching many parents will say that my job is to only allow them to play and teachers feel like my comments on certain issues are not warranted because I "babysit"
     

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