Compensation Movement Archives

Teacher activists and allies used four main strategies, connecting them and adapting them for their communities: Organizing for Better Wages and Working Conditions, Elevating Teacher Leadership, Engaging in Research and Policy, and Building Collective Power.

Part of Early Childhood History, Organizing, Ethos, and Strategy Project

Compensation Movement Resources


Worthy Wage Songs and Chants

As with many movements, the compensation movement built solidarity among activists through singing and chanting together.


Worthy Wage Stories and Poems   

Telling, creating, and acting out stories was one of a variety of “tools of the trade” that early educators used to share their messages.


Newsletters of the Movement

Newsletters were an essential tool for sharing information to build the compensation movement.

National Newsletters
1982-1994: The Child Care Employee Project (CCEP) served as a communication hub for the movement, collecting news from around the country to share with local campaigns.  Here’s a sample of CCEP newsletters, and addressing significant topics:

1993-1996: After the organization’s move to Washington, D.C. in 1993 and before most communication went digital, several different newsletter formats were published by the National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce (NCECW), the name of the national organization until 1997 when it was changed to the Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW). Here are some examples:

Local Newsletters
Many local campaigns created their own newsletters that were shared in their communities and beyond. See a few early examples here:


Worthy Wage Campaign Organizing Tools

Tools used in the Worthy Wage Campaign were created as needs arose and often with input from local campaigns and allies of the compensation movement. Here are some examples:


Selected Publications

Publications spanned a variety of topics, including unionization, salary surveys, policy, and training publications.

Unionizing/Organizing

Strategies to Raise Wages

Policy Strategies

Training/Curricula