Early Learning Programs report many issues of concern. Many private schools that take children on Working Connections Subsidies are finding it impossible to continue to enroll low-income students due to the low subsidy rate offered by the State – often less than half the cost to educate a student.
Private schools are deciding whether to keep their early learning programs open. The low subsidy rate coupled with the mandatory increase in salaries and the professional credential requirements undermine the ability to support early education at many of the private schools, particularly those in smaller communities. WFIS is advocating for higher subsidy rates, more reasonable requirements of teaching staff credentials, an increase in the support given for teachers go back to school, and a decrease in the demands for facility changes.
Please fill out this short Early Learning Survey, so we can effectively advocate for your school’s early learning program.