Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Childcare workers in NM are finally getting recognition

I was very grateful and impressed by a (new) article in the Journal about bonus payments for childcare staff in New Mexico. I would like to congratulate the Secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care, Elizabeth Groginsky, on her advocacy and support of these most underrated but indispensable providers in our community. However, our lawmakers and politicians need to go further and make a solid commitment to raising wages and compensation to $ 20 an hour and more to ensure benefits like health care, vacation pay, sickness and retirement. NM childcare is finally recognized by JIM GANNON residents of Rio Rancho

I was very grateful and impressed by a (new) article in the Journal about bonus payments for childcare staff in New Mexico. I would like to congratulate the Secretary of the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care, Elizabeth Groginsky, on her advocacy and support of these most underrated but indispensable providers in our community. However, our lawmakers and politicians need to go further and make a solid commitment to raising wages and compensation to $ 20 an hour and more to ensure benefits like health care, vacation pay, sickness and retirement.

History has shown us that we can no longer be sure that our elected officials at the local, state, and national levels can find a reasonable compromise in generating revenue to pay for the educational, medical, and community services required. These professionals should know their areas of expertise first hand and their salaries (should) be regularly adjusted to reflect the cost of inflation rather than being left behind economically. Furthermore, it is not enough just to pay attention to these important workers in our community.

We must recognize educators and the fundamental work that is done every day by similar professionals and para-professionals to support people in the areas of habilitation, rehabilitation, education, inclusive living and related areas. These workers fight the plague of vulnerability to abuse and neglect that poses a threat to our children, people with disabilities, and older family members and friends.

Mahatma Gandhi: “The true measure of any society lies in how it treats its weakest members.” It could easily be changed to say, “A society is judged by how it values ​​those who care for our weakest members. “I applaud Groginsky and her team for taking concrete steps to respect those who elevate our best ideals of human dignity for all. Perhaps it is true that these people are not there for the money, but they want their own children not to have access to the possibilities of the American Dream.

…. Resistance to ensuring fair compensation for vital workers and guaranteed access to quality medical and educational services for all is not so much the price. It is the realization that those who will lose a little economically know that once the effects are implemented, they will be too beneficial for society to be reversed.

Groginsky and the current administration of our state have shown that they have not forgotten the words we all said 18 months ago about such important workers as the carers and the direct auxiliaries in the fields of human service, education and medicine for the service would not be forgotten in view of the pandemic and the risks unknown at the time. Previous ECECD initiatives were a down payment on the amounts owed. I applaud the secretary and the administration and urge you to walk this path of dignity and respect.

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