Would you rather teach in a public school or a Daycare/preschool

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    I will soon be earning a certification in K-6 and will be leaving my parent's preschool to teach public school ed. Preferably grades PK-2nd. However, I enjoy teaching Pre-Kindergarten because I have more room to teach how I want and also teaching young children the foundation for learning brings me much joy. The only down side about teaching PK is that most are in early childhood facilities and many ECE facilities lack professional growth. Most of the teachers tend to be less educated and came into the ECE industry because they believed that working with young children is an easy task. I put so much work into teaching young kids, but the only person to have the same passion as I do at my job is my mom. I wish to have co workers that I can share ideas with. I previously taught a federally funded prek in an ECE facility and it was the exact same way, but worse. That place was the 2nd facility I was employed at other than working with my family. After so many bad experience working in facilities ran by people other than my parents, I vowed to work in my parent's facility until I earn my cert. I will be interning soon and recently had a walk through of an Elementary school and it seems far more professional than ECE facilities. My parents really do their best to make their facility an educated environment and not just a "daycare", but most of the time it's the people that they hire. It is hard to find professional preschool workers or teachers.
    Maybe if the government put more funding and resources into ECE then maybe more professionals would want to work in this field.

    What are your thoughts
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    I'd always pick a public school over a daycare if for no other reason than the pay/benefits. There are public elementary schools with pre-K programs. My own school has one.
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    That is one of the reasons that I did not list why I would rather teach public school prek. The pay and the benefits are a lot better.
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    I agree with Caesar. Public school PK follows the same contracts, pay, benefits, etc as other teachers in my area. You have the same seniority and union benefits. You also share PD opportunities with other teachers in the district, so more opportunities for learning and collaboration.
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    For me, I would want to get out of PreK, but the itty bitties are not my thing. Public school, by all means for all of the reasons listed above. If you want to grow, public school is the way to go.
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    I cannot handle children younger than 6th or 7th grade, so my choice would be obvious.
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    I would also like to add the long hours due to not being able to hire anyone else for an afternoon shift and the overcrowding of classrooms. Daycare work is no joke. We are teachers, janitors, mother's and social workers to over 15 3 4 and 5 year olds all into one classroom
     
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    Mar 20, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    In my area, while there are public preschools, they generally aren't associated with school districts, so there really is a lack of growth. Many preschools are simply private, or a program in a daycare center.

    All things being equal, I'd pick public school in my area just for the growth opportunities. I find myself intrigued with preschool, but if I went that direction I'd likely go get a certification and teach out of my home or something, rather than it be my long-term career.
     
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    Mar 21, 2017 at 6:36 AM

    Isn't there a limit to how many kids can be in a daycare with a certain amount of workers?
     
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    Mar 21, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Yes, there are ratios required by DCFS. So there shouldn't be a problem of having too many kids all by yourself. Each state is different though.

    I also love PreK, and I've done it in all settings: daycare, private, and public... I like certain aspects of public but I like private schools the best :)
     

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