Do I qualify?

Eligible applicants must:

1) Work in a participating/funded county

2) Earn at or below the income cap ($14, $16, or $18) selected by your local Smart Start partnership

3) Work with children ages birth to five

4) Work at least 10 hours per week

5) Work in a licensed child care program

6) Have a level of education appearing on the Child Care WAGE$® Supplement Scale

 

Participating Counties

Alamance
Alexander
Alleghany
Avery
Brunswick
Buncombe
Caldwell
Cherokee
Clay
Cleveland
Columbus
Craven
Cumberland
Davidson
Dare
Davie
Durham
Edgecombe

Forsyth
Franklin
Gaston
Graham
Granville
Halifax
Harnett
Haywood
Hertford
Iredell
Jackson
Johnston
Lincoln
Macon
Martin
Mitchell
Nash
Northampton

Pitt
Randolph
Rockingham
Rowan
Rutherford
Stanly
Surry
Swain
Vance
Transylvania
Warren
Watauga
Wayne
Wilkes
Wilson
Yancey

Still unsure if you’re eligible? Call a WAGE$ counselor at 919-967-3272. We are available by phone Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When calling please reference WAGE$. If you are a current participant please also mention the county in which you work.