“WAGE$ encouraged me to get more education because my supplement increases and I’m explaining that to my coworkers because it really is a benefit,” said Kimberly Elliott, a Cleveland County teacher.
Child care is the workforce behind the workforce, yet the market is failing. The Child Care WAGE$® program is a common sense solution to a market failure. North Carolina’s economic recovery depends on it.
“WAGE$ has helped me and my family so much,” Tanaka Eaddy said. “I could pay for my books in school. We were able to buy a house. WAGE$ helped me get through COVID when I didn’t get a check. It was an incentive to know I could get more money with more education, and it has also helped me stay in early childhood. It really has!”
Tomorrow is Worthy Wages Day, but it’s long past time for early educators to earn the professional compensation and benefits they deserve.
While the WAGE$ program has helped many educators like Mozella in a time of need, if educators continue to receive low wages, there won’t be any left, pandemic or not.
“WAGE$ helps me hire qualified staff because it does put them on par with other educators. Public schools don’t want to lose teachers every four months, so why should child care?” said child care director Catherine Lieberman.