How do I apply?

1) Application
Download our most recent application (Por favor hable por material didáctico en Español), or give us a call at 919-967-3272 to request one be mailed or faxed to you. When filling out the application please take your time, write legibly, and complete the entire form. Note that your employer is also responsible for filling out and signing a portion of the application.

2) Income Verification

  • Employee: Send a copy of a current pay stub (we only need one) that accurately reflects your normal schedule. If you work 40 hours per week, your pay stub should show very close to 40 hours.
  • Family Child Care Educator: Complete and return the Monthly Income & Expenses Worksheet.
  • Facility Owner: Please supply your most recent 1040 tax form, all supporting schedules, and the W-2 form. If you file jointly, the W-2 forms from both parties must be submitted. Additional tax documentation may be requested if necessary.

3) Official Transcript
Submit official transcripts by mail for ALL college coursework completed at a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts are generally printed on special school paper for security purposes and may also feature a stamped school seal. Copied or faxed transcripts cannot be accepted. Workshops and training hours are not acceptable documentation. Review our Transcript Tips for more information.

Note: If your college or university has the technology (E.g. WebAdvisor) that allows us to download your grades, we can potentially do so on your behalf. To begin this process, fill out and return the Internet Transcript Permission Form.

Mailing Address
Child Care Services Association
Attn: WAGE$
PO Box 901
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

If you have any questions, call a WAGE$ counselor at 919-967-3272 and we will walk you through every step. 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.