Wisconsin is tackling the childcare teacher shortage with statewide stipend programs. The GIFT (Giles Incentives for Teachers) program is funded and first stipends will be paid in January. Fundraising for PERC (Pulaski Early Educators Rewards for Credentials) is underway with first stipends hopefully to be paid in later part of 2019. These pilot program are designed to address our current childcare educator crisis and to serve as a model for a similar program in Virginia.
Please consider giving to PERC so we can quickly launch this essential program to retain and reward credentials and quality in early education.