The Child Care WAGE$® Project provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers, directors and family child care providers working with children between the ages of birth-five. The project is designed to provide preschool children more stable relationships with better educated teachers by rewarding teacher education and continuity of care. The Child Care WAGE$® Project 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$® Project may participate.
In addition to the opportunities available to all Smart Start partnerships, WAGE$ also receives funding through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. Through 2015, this grant will support WAGE$ supplements in selected Northeastern North Carolina counties that were identified as having high needs due to limited resources.