April 29, 2019
Take Action in Support of CBO teachers
On April 25, Mayor de Blasio released his Executive Budget for FY 2020 and still neglected to address the wage gap between early childhood educators.
Salary disparities among educators persist and grow more stark over time. For example, an MA certified teacher in a CBO earns $15,000 less (or 32%) in the first year of employment and the disparity grows to over $35,000 less than their DOE peers (or 66%) by 8 years of employment. Learn more in our infographic.
According to the American Community Survey, 69 percent of teachers across the entire early education workforce in New York City are women of color, and we know that 60 percent of the city’s prekindergarten programs in the city are in CBOs. Thus, salary disparity perpetuates the cycle of underpaying women — in particular, women of color — who provide critical services to children and families who experience poverty.
Furthermore, CBO centers providing universal prekindergarten, as well as care to infants, toddlers and three-year old’s, serve many communities with child poverty rates.
Currently, there are 81,611 children under age 5 enrolled in early education services at schools and CBO centers. Well more than half of these children — 50,906 of them — are taught by teachers at CBO centers.
How you can take action
There are several ways for you to get involved and some key dates to keep in mind.
On April 30, join other supporters of early childhood educators at CBOs by either calling 311 or the Office of the Mayor at (212) 788-3000 with the message below:
On May 2, thousands of early childhood educators will be striking to fight for equal pay. Please take a few moments of your time to support them by either tweeting at local leaders and/or sending a letter to your city representative, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Writing a letter to Mayor de Blasio, your city council member, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will only take minutes.
Spread the Word
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