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By Jane Doe

Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay.

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We Are Not Glorified Babysitters

By Valerie Vaju

When I worked in an ECE classroom it was the bond and relationships I formed with the children. Nothing makes your day better than knowing how much of a positive impact you have. Now, working for a larger agency I enjoy knowing that what we do on a daily basis impacts so many young lives for the better. I knew from day one that it was never about the money. I remained in the field for many years being paid less than I knew I could make elsewhere. It is all about the kids. However, I understand that this is not the case for everyone. Part of the reason I moved from the classroom to an administrative role was however money motivated. If we can pay teachers more and provide more supports for challenging behaviors I think we could improve workforce retention Unfortunately, many parents see us as \"glorified babysitters\". I wish there was more respect for the profession as a whole.

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