Ready Or Not, Here We Come - Voices Of Child Care Workers

Produced by: 
Worthy Wage Campaign & Scribe Video Center

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Community Visions Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions Vol. 7 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change.


Project Facilitator: Uma Magal with Bob Hering

Film Summary:

If we value our children so much, why is child care one of the lowest paying professions in the country? This video documents the work of the Worthy Wage Campaign in their efforts to raise awareness of the importance of America's child care providers. While childcare providers take on one of the greatest responsibilities, they have traditionally been on the lowest rung of the pay and benefits scale. In Ready Or Not Here We Come, the audience is introduced to childcare providers, in both homes and centers, and parents who recognize the necessity for this workforce and its supporters to organize for quality pay and de facto respect. The Worthy Wage Campaign, a program of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, has sold and distributed more than 300 copies of the video since its completion in 1998, and makes copies available for regular viewing at its DVAEYC office.

The Worthy Wage Campaign of the Delaware Valley is a grassroots effort to organize providers themselves to address the problem of poor compensation in child care. Started in 1991, the Campaign spearheaded the Loan Forgiveness program, organizes yearly advocacy events on Worthy Wage Day, May 1st, has done surveys of salaries and working conditions, leads ongoing training in leadership and advocacy (LEAP), organizes in the workplace in a variety of ways, and helped launch and staff Pennsylvania QUEST as a vehicle for moving forward the compensation agenda in the state.



October 4, 1998 | "Small Beginnings Can Aid Big Changes," by Gerri DiLisi, Philadelphia Inquirer

August 1999 | "Speaking Out for Us," by Cheryl L. Saunders, Worthy Wage Campaign newsletter


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 4, 1999 | Please Touch Musuem (Philadelphia, PA)

May 7, 1999 | Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)

International House (Philadelphia, PA)

Worthy Wage Caucus @ National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference (Toronto, Canada)

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference (Philadelphia, PA)

Focus on Our Future (York, PA)

Center for the Childcare Workforce national conference

Salford Mennonite CCC (Harleysville, PA)

The Caring Center (Philadelphia, PA)

DUTV Channel 54, Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

Worthy Wage workshops in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Millersville, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg

3 leadership development retreats and college courses for child care teachers

Early Intervention staff meeting (Philadelphia, PA)