• Early educators deserve a voice
    April 10,2014

    Early educators deserve a voice

    I write in support of the early educatorsí bill, S.316. I ask our legislators to support the bill as well. Early educators play an increasingly important role in helping families like mine balance work and personal responsibilities. They provide quality learning experiences for children at the very youngest ages, and they can be found in every community in the state. Vermont early educators help prepare children for success in school. Iím personally familiar with the benefits and challenges of finding quality care for young children.

    Quality early education is crucial to the success of Vermontís families and the Vermont economy. Allowing early educators to form a union would help strengthen and stabilize this workforce. These workers deserve a collective voice and a collective seat at the table. The early educatorsí bill would allow them a choice about whether to form a union.

    Vermont Early Educators United is working on the bill. More information may be found at www.kidscountonme.org.

    Melissa Bailey


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