The Child Care WAGE$® Program is offered throughout North Carolina as a funding collaboration between local Smart Start partnerships and the Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Counties that use Smart Start funding to support the Child Care WAGE$® Program can join at any time and we welcome questions from those interested. Please contact WAGE$ to learn how your Smart Start partnership can participate.

Thank you!
More than half of North Carolina’s counties currently participate and, on behalf of recipients, WAGE$ thanks the partnerships who support the workforce through this program.

Additional Information for Funders

The T.E.A.C.H National Center has released this very helpful fact sheet about compensation.
Better Compensation: The Key to an Educated and Committed Early Childhood Workforce

“Thank you for seeing how important quality child care is and for providing us, the workers, with this supplement. Without it, many good teachers wouldn’t be in child care and many children wouldn’t be able to have a high quality child care experience. This supplement is so appreciated.” (participating teacher)

“I think the supplement is the best thing ever! I thank you from the bottom of my heart, because the supplement has been an inspiration to me and others to stay in this field and to keep helping children in our community.” (participating teacher)