When the 2020-2021 fiscal year started, none of us thought we would still be dealing with COVID-19, and certainly not the Delta variant. The world has changed in so many ways because of the pandemic, and its impact surely will be felt for years to come. It has also been a season of change for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center.
Our focus on early childhood educators continued in FY2020-2021 in spite of another year of COVID-19 challenges. The workforce faced (and still faces) unprecedented challenges because of the pandemic, but through it all, our T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs across the country have supported our early childhood educators in so many ways. We are grateful for their dedication to the early childhood workforce and the impact they are having on the field as a whole.
This season of change also gave us a chance to explore new areas and ideas for supporting the early childhood workforce, including a redesign of the National Center’s website and the development of Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. and Step Up to WAGE$.
In this year’s annual program report, you’ll learn about the work the National Center and its T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ states have done to support the early childhood workforce through recipient stories, data, policy recommendations, special projects, and more.
We appreciate your ongoing support of our efforts at ensuring that this vital workforce is educated and paid in a manner that reflects their importance to us all.