We care for children
by caring for teachers
I love seeing the light bulb go off in children's brains. I just love nurturing children and ensuring they have the early start they need so once they leave us, they'll be prepared for any school their parents take them to. This is important work we do and it means a lot that WAGE$ recognizes that.
I am an owner of a family home. The money I've received from WAGE$ has really helped me in times when my enrollment was down, I had bills due, I needed extra resources for my classroom, just for starters. When I first heard about WAGE$ I thought, "WOW, they're going to pay me for the education and knowledge I already have?!" They don't have to do this for us, but the fact that they did makes me feel so valued for the work I do.
It was important to me to go for my Bachelor's degree because this field is always changing. I love learning and the more you learn the more you can adapt and be flexible with the children. It means a lot that WAGE$ has rewarded me for having my degree. Because of WAGE$ my overall quality of life is much better.
Educator retention is a primary goal of WAGE$.
Creating a more stable learning environment aids in a child's development during their early years.
By prioritizing the welfare of teachers, WAGE$ nurtures the future of Tennessee's youngest learners, fostering a brighter educational landscape for all.
Educators should never have to choose between doing what they love
and financially supporting themselves.
Educators give WAGE$ a gold star
We have a waitlist of around 200 children. It is really hard to tell those families "No" because we don't have the space or staffing capacity. I feel like WAGE$ is a really great recruitment tool for staff. It also gives them an incentive to continue their education and go forth with those dreams they may not have been able to do on their own.
Wages was important for me because it allowed me to give more to the staff. I’ve got teachers that have their bachelors’, and they get over $2,000. That is a very big thing for them—it always seems to come at a time when they really need it.
Having this little extra money is the difference of working a second job and having my focus 100% on the kids here and not worrying about supplementing my income by working at multiple different jobs.
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