The Child Care WAGE$® Program is an evidence-informed, outcome-driven initiative designed to increase the education and retention of the early care and education workforce through increased compensation. Education-based salary supplements tied to the successful completion of commitment periods in the same child care program result in a more stable, better-educated workforce.
Participants, coworkers, employers, children, families and the community at large all benefit when teachers are more fairly compensated and children have a better chance to succeed in school and in life. Thanks to funding from participating local Smart Start partnerships and the Division of Child Development and Early Education, WAGE$ is making a difference across the state. Please see below for Child Care WAGE$® Program results.
Video w/ Carrie Theall – We urge you to take a moment and watch this short video prepared by Carrie Theall, the Executive Director for the Alamance County Partnership for Children. Thanks in part to salary supplements provided by the WAGE$ Program, Carrie 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 their care.
Video w/ Shartarka Carmon – This video comes from Shartarka Carmon. After receiving WAGE$ for many years, Shartarka was such a strong advocate for the program that she was invited to join and share her knowledge and experience with our Advisory Committee. Here she talks about how WAGE$ helped her achieve her degrees! She now helps other teachers access the program.
Video w/ Erica Booker – Erica is a long-time participant of WAGE$, and has received awards based on having a Bachelor’s Degree with significant coursework focused on children ages birth to five. Shehas remained in her current program since 2003! She is not only a recipient, but a member of our Advisory Committee. Here she talks about howWAGE$ has helped her stay in her child care center and other ways it has made a difference in her life.