Pre-K Parity Paridad en Pre-K

Early childhood educators at community-based organizations (CBOs) administering the city’s Pre-K for All program are pushing for higher pay as the city attempts to finalize its latest budget.

The CBO preschool instructors have long complained that Pre-K teachers at Department of Education (DOE) schools earn far more than they do.

According to the Citizens Committee for Children, a DOE teacher with eight years of experience and a bachelor’s degree can earn nearly $78,000, while an educator working at a CBO will make about $45,000 for doing the same job.

“It really is an urgent issue,” said Margaret Della, Executive Director of Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC). “Teachers are maxed, they’re exhausted. They’re burned out. And they already know that people who are doing less work are making $30,000 more than they are.”

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