Menendez, Author Of Senate Resolution, Celebrates National Early Educator Worthy Wage Day

Menendez, Author Of Senate Resolution, Celebrates National Early Educator Worthy Wage Day

NJ Senator says early educators help lay the foundation for prosperity in our nation

Washington - Today, US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) celebrated National Early Educator Worthy Wage Day, which honors the work of early educators and calls on public officials to work to resolve compensation unfairness issues. 60 percent of children under the age of six spend at least part of the day in non-parental care, but early educators earn an average annual salary of less than $19,000 and only one-third have health insurance. Menendez's resolution would acknowledge the tough compensation situation early educators face and would put the US Senate on record in support of the goals and ideals of National Early Educator Worthy Wage Day.

"The better our children are nurtured and educated in their early years, the better chance they have to unlock their potential and build a prosperous future for themselves and our nation," said Senator Menendez. "A major part of that early development is the nation's early educators, but too often their compensation does not reflect their important role. Low wages and insufficient benefits not only are unfair, they also force talented early educators into other lines of work. The goals and ideals of National Early Educator Worthy Wage Day deserve our full support, so that we can improve early educators' quality of life and help lay the foundation for long-lasting economic security in the 21st Century."

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