“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.
The early childhood workforce has stepped up to help others work despite the risks to their own health. Many are barely holding on because they are operating at 50% capacity, which cannot sustain the child care industry. Is there a positive in all of this?
“I do worry about the child care industry. I worry about what is going to happen even if we can reopen. Will there be enough children who can come? And how can you charge parents who are not working? What will all this mean for the families and for my staff?”
Determined. Dedicated. Committed. Those are just a few words that describe Child Care WAGE$® participant, Ellen Devenny. Ellen is an assistant teacher at a five-star private NC Pre-K center in Gaston County, and graduated in May 2019 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education with a 4.0 GPA. She walked across the stage at age 62.
Three early childhood teachers didn’t let financial struggles or the impact of COVID-19 stop them from achieving their educational goals. Read more here.