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Jennifer Gioia

In a Time of Crisis: I am WAGE$ with Verma Ellis

Since suffering damage to her home due to Hurricane Florence in 2018, Verma says, “the WAGE$ money will help me get a roof over my trailer and get me and my two girls out of the camper that we are calling home.”

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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

I am WAGE$: Julie Keffer

According to Julie, “WAGE$ has made me feel appreciated and valued. When you feel valued, you want to stay. It is important to value dedicated teachers who want to learn all they can. I never want to stop learning.”

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Jennifer Gioia

Compensation Matters: Child Care WAGE$® in the Time of COVID-19

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?

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