Child Care WAGE$® Project - North Carolina

Child Playing 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$® Project was created in response to research-based evidence that shows that the quality of care children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education. For more information on this research, please see The Child Care WAGE$® Project: An Evidence-Informed Initiative.

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. 

The Child Care WAGE$® Project: An Evidence-Informed Initiative
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Download Child Care WAGE$ North Carolina: Smart Start Contract Activity Description
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Download Child Care WAGE$ NC: Fact Sheet
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Download Child Care WAGE$ NC: Salary Supplement Levels For Child Care Teachers, Family Home Care Providers, & Center Directors
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The Child Care WAGE$® Project - Application Forms and Information for WAGE$ Participants:

If you would like to apply to the Child Care WAGE$® project, please download or print your application documents by selecting the North Carolina county where you work.

 

The Child Care WAGE$® Project - Program Results and Outcomes

Download Child Care WAGE$ North Carolina: Statewide Results, Full Report FY14
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Download Child Care WAGE$ North Carolina: Statewide Results, Executive Summary FY13
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Download NC DCDEE Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Final Report
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Download Child Care WAGE$ North Carolina: Statewide Logic Model
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For information on starting a Child Care WAGE$® Project in your state, click here.