Welcome to the Child Care WAGE$® Program of NC


Watch the above video for a quick, easy-to-follow overview of the WAGE$ Program.


Are you an early childhood educator? You may qualify for a salary supplement from WAGE$. Click here to learn more.

About WAGE$
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.