Substitute teachers have always been in short supply, but needs have grown substantially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 20% of requests for substitute coverage are being left completely unfilled. And child care providers without access to substitute teacher pools are experiencing even greater concerns.
How can we help? By supplying adequately trained, well-paid substitute teachers for child care centers and in-home daycares across the United States.
Substitute teachers are desperately needed in classrooms of all kinds, from public schools to in-home and center-based child care settings. The following statistics showcase the current state of the workforce along with its growing need:
The “substitute teacher crisis” at a glance:
Why is it so difficult to find substitute teachers?
How is this dilemma being seen in the child care industry versus public schools?
How does the substitute teacher crisis affect home-based, family child care providers?
How do these statistics affect families and employers across the country?
At Wonderschool, we’re doing everything we can to support child care providers. Most recently, we’ve recently partnered with Mississippi to create a statewide Substitute Teacher Pool that child care centers and family providers can call on in times of need. We recruit, screen, train, and onboard substitute teachers so that requesting coverage is the providers’ only responsibility.
This model has proven effective due to:
We're thrilled to deploy our Child Care Substitute Teacher Pool in Mississippi, and we’d love to see similar initiatives spread across the country. Contact our government support team to learn more about what a partnership with your city, county, or state could look like today.
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