Welcome to the Child Care WAGE$® Program of NC

Lack of resources and an effort to maintain affordability for parents often make it difficult for individual child care programs to reward or encourage teacher education through salaries. As a result, many teachers leave the field or never even consider the profession an option. The Child Care WAGE$® Program was created in response to research-based evidence that shows that the quality of care children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education.

The Child Care WAGE$® Program provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers, directors and family child care providers working with children between the ages of birth to five. The program is designed to provide preschool children more stable relationships with better-educated teachers by rewarding teacher education and continuity of care.

“WAGE$ provides teachers an incentive to further their education. Participating in WAGE$ is equivalent to receiving a bonus each year or recognition for your efforts to increase your knowledge to become more effective in the classroom. Our staff loves Child Care WAGE$® and the excitement demonstrated when I inform a teacher that WAGE$ just called for an employment confirmation is no less than a child on Christmas morning.” (participating director)

“WAGE$ was a real inspiration for me to complete my four-year degree. … Child care is one of the lowest paying jobs, but is a super important one! It takes a special person to work with children. The WAGE$ Program helps make up the difference and encourages workers to continue their education in order to help the field develop.” (participating teacher)