“I am very thankful that WAGE$ has come into being because there are so many children that I would love to help more and having had this past college class, I can understand a lot more than I did before!”
“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$® participant, Ellen Devenny. Ellen is an assistant teacher at a five-star private NC Pre-K center in Gaston County, and graduated in May 2019 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education with a 4.0 GPA. She walked across the stage at age 62.
Thanks in part to salary supplements provided by the WAGE$ Program, Carrie Theall, the Executive Director for the Alamance County Partnership for Children, explains that Alamance has been able to significantly increase the overall education level and retention of their child care workforce, which in turn greatly benefits the children in