We recommend making sure you qualify for WAGE$ before starting the application process.

Step 1: Application

Download our most recent application (haga clic aquí para la aplicación en Español), or give us a call at 919-967-3272 to request one be mailed or faxed to you. When filling out the application please take your time, write legibly, and complete the entire form. Note that your employer is also responsible for filling out and signing a portion of the application.

Step 2: Income Verification

  • Employee: Send a copy of a current pay stub (we only need one) that accurately reflects your normal schedule. If you work 40 hours per week, your pay stub should show very close to 40 hours.
  • Family Child Care Educator: Submit your Schedule C from the most recent tax year.
  • Facility Owner: Please supply your most recent 1040 tax form, all supporting schedules, and the W-2 form. If you file jointly, the W-2 forms from both parties must be submitted. Additional tax documentation may be requested if necessary.

Step 3: Official Transcript

Submit official transcripts by mail for ALL college coursework completed at a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts are generally printed on special school paper for security purposes and may also feature a stamped school seal or can be emailed from the school. Copied or faxed transcripts cannot be accepted. Workshops and training hours are not acceptable documentation, but an active CDA Credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition may be submitted.

Application Tips

Below are our tips to ensure your Child Care WAGE$® application can be processed.

To be eligible for WAGE$, you must work at least 10 hours with children birth to five. A current pay stub is required that reflects your typical schedule.

The employment section of the application (page four) must have an answer in every single blank. ALL employment information is vital. Your employer must complete this section. Before submitting your application, be sure that it is complete. WAGE$ cannot process your application if it is submitted with unanswered questions.

Please send an official transcript with your application unless it is already on file with AWARD$ Plus or Early Educator Certification. WAGE$ cannot get a transcript from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. To be sure your application is complete, send an official transcript with your application packet.

Have application questions? We can help!


Thank you for your interest in the Child Care WAGE$® Program. When calling or leaving a voicemail, please reference WAGE$. You can also send us a message online.

Mail paperwork to:

Child Care Services Association
Attn: WAGE$
PO Box 901
Chapel Hill, NC 27514