Launching a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Project in Your State
- Organizations that House T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$
- Licensing T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$
- T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Overview
Getting a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Project off the ground takes careful planning and consideration by your state’s early childhood community. Guidance, technical assistance, support and start-up materials are available from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center. Staff provide assistance throughout the initial start-up steps, which include hosting initial meetings, the selection of an administrative home, becoming a licensed provider, finding and securing funding of T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$, and developing scholarship or supplement models.
“Central to the diffusion of policy strategies and best practices for the field is a deep understanding of state context, policies and politics. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center is unique in that the approach in each state is targeted and strategic; yet the fundamental principles of T.E.A.C.H. are embraced and consistently employed nationwide.”
Types of Organizations That House T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Projects
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Projects are housed in non-profit organizations that:
- Have experience delivering services to the early childhood education community on a statewide basis.
- Have no conflicts of interest as an organization that either could receive scholarships for staff or provide higher education.
- Child Care Resource and Referral State Networks
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) State Affiliates
- Statewide Early Childhood Organizations
Licensing T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Projects and the Benefits of Licensure
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® names are registered trademarks of Child Care Services Association. To participate in either program one organization in a state must be licensed. The goal of licensing is to protect the integrity of the program. The benefits of licensure include:
- Permission to use the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® name, logo and materials.
- Use of a multi-faceted, relational database program with extensive capabilities for generating contracts and letters, keeping records and producing reports.
- Use of products and materials developed by the Center, some of which can be tailored for state-specific audiences.
- Access to unlimited and individually tailored technical assistance services necessary to all phases of start-up, development, implementation and growth of the projects including organizational development.
- Assistance with the development of statistical reports outlining the accomplishments of individual state programs.
- Availability of strategic consultation around global issues to meet changing circumstances within states.
- Up to date information on the latest research, national policies and other issues relevant to the early care and education field.
- Membership in a growing national peer support system and movement.
- Clearly defined expectations and agreements set forth by Child Care Services Association and the administrative home for T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$.