Lots of good people to work with
Support from management
Depends on the center and the classroom
Freedom to work independently
Ratios are state-driven
For the most part
The right question is "are men have equally" - yes! They are coveted in this profession - young children need positive role models!!
Attitude towards older colleagues
Yes! The trouble is education. Many in this field are available, totally capable, but not educated. Now with Step Up To Quality, many of the loved, respected, and experienced teachers are demoted due to lack of education.
The company does allow for professional development. However, that is also state-mandated. I wish we could get better trainings with more practical topics than just local, state-run, state-approved sessions.
Overall compensation for your work
No way!! Early Childhood is not a choice if money matters to you. Currently, my pay rate is better because it is subsidized by Head Start as well.
Office / Work Environment
The lighting is fluorescent - kids need other, especially young ones. Lots of areas are all connected - lights/temperature, so individual classes do not have control - not great!!
I am not aware of any recycling other than fun art projects out of paper towel tubes!!
No. I do not feel appreciated as a parent, and am often guilt-ed into working even if I am needed at home
I would say yes. There are great teachers, great classes and great things going on there!
Again, an educated professional willing to work for minimal pay with NO guarantee of hours, I am very marketable. Educare does try to get good teachers, but needs to work on it to keep them!!!
Yes, to all of the above
Yes. Our big tough one here is that kids get sick. We need to follow procedures when kids are sick - send them home and DO NOT LET THEM RETURN for at least 24 hours. We also need to allow those of us with children at the center to miss work if our kids are the ones sick!!!!!
I love working with children and love watching them grow and learn. Their success are my success, from potty-training to ABC's
Inclusive / Diverse
Mostly, yes. We definitely have a diverse workforce, but basically the site director is the one who dictates what does and does not happen
Suggestions for improvement
- Allowing staff to vary shifts would greatly increase morale and teacher satisfaction!!
What I like about the company
*Lots of possibilities for various types of work: infants to school age
*Great PR person who honestly seeks to improve job satisfaction
What I dislike about the company
Employees need to be treated the way they want ALL the parents to be treated.