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Jennifer Gioia

“I Do Make A Difference:” Appreciating AWARD$ with Angie Amaro

“Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® has made me feel as if I do make a difference in my place of work and in the lives of the children and families I give care to. It means a lot, knowing someone appreciates what I have a heart’s desire to do and is supportive of me through this program.”

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Jennifer Gioia

Mama Lissa’s Tiny Tot University: Blessed During COVID-19

“I’m very fortunate because I am an essential worker and I’ve been working since day one, and we are lucky that no one has gotten sick,” said Melissa (Missy) Hamrick, director of Cleveland County’s Mama Lissa’s Tiny Tot University.

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Jennifer Gioia

Stepping Back from the Edge

As an infant-toddler educator, Tonya struggles with critically low pay and she works an additional part-time job to survive. It is a constant and ongoing challenge, but her passion for young children drives her.

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