I applaud the efforts in increasing rates throughout our area. What I don’t understand is how there is not an increase in the 810 area for children that are 2 and up.
We spend more than 10 hours a day with these children ( some 12+ hours) teaching, educating, training, potty training, etc on a daily basis and we are rarely able to increase our rates (once every 4-5 years, if that). Only to have childcare workers tell their clients they are able to utilize care up to 12 hours a day. Where does anyone else in the country or state work at for 12 hours a day, and 5 days a week without being paid overtime. Can we get any lawmaker to tell us that they work 60 hours a week with 20 of those considered overtime but you are not paid time and a half. And they wonder why educators are burned out and pay is so little.
In addition, the care we provide for school children including transportation fees to and from schools. At what point in the true cost estimator calculator were these fees added. So we are to just take an additional loss of gas, bus maintenance and expenses because parents feel this fee is included in weekly tuition rates which again have not been increased.
On top of this, to see that home providers are being paid more than Centers for these same children sound ludicrous especially seeing that a center has more exposure, expenses, payroll, everything is much higher than home based providers. This is coming from a provider with 30 yrs experience throughout several states with both a home based and center based background.
If it wasn’t for the love of the children., I would say it’s time to walk away.
we want quality, but no one truly wants to pay for it.
Advocacy I’m on my way