We Are Not Glorified Babysitters
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.