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It Doesn’t Pay To Be An Early-Childhood Teacher

Why would she teach preschool when she could make a heck of a lot more money teaching kindergarten? It’s a question I’ve heard over and over again reporting on education. In some places, we pay early childhood teachers less than fast-food workers, less than tree trimmers. As a country, we’ve acknowledged the importance of early learning and yet, when you look at what we pay those educators, it doesn’t add up.

On average, preschool teachers were making $28,570 in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a little more than half of what kindergarten teachers were making: $51,640.