Qualify


To be eligible, applicants must…

  • Work in a participating/funded county
  • Earn at or below the income cap ($15, $17, or $19) selected by your local Smart Start partnership
  • Work with children ages birth to five
  • Work at least 10 hours per week
  • Work in a licensed child care program
  • Have a level of education appearing on the Child Care WAGE$® Supplement Scale

Participating Counties

Below is a list of participating counties in North Carolina. Not in N.C.? The Child Care WAGE$® Program can be licensed in other states.

Alamance
Alexander
Alleghany
Avery
Brunswick
Buncombe
Caldwell
Cherokee
Clay
Cleveland
Columbus
Craven
Cumberland
Davidson
Davie
Durham
Edgecombe
Forsyth
Franklin

Gaston
Graham
Granville
Halifax
Harnett
Haywood
Henderson
Hertford
Iredell
Jackson
Johnston
Lee
Lincoln
Macon
Martin
Mecklenburg
Mitchell
Montgomery
Nash

Northampton
Pitt
Randolph
Richmond
Rockingham
Rowan
Rutherford
Stanly
Surry
Swain
Vance
Transylvania
Warren
Watauga
Wayne
Wilkes
Wilson
Yancey

If you don’t see your county listed, contact your local Smart Start Partnership for Children. If they are interested in participating, they may call 919-967-3272 for more information.

Apply

Ready to apply? We’re happy to help you through the application process.

Have eligibility questions? We can help!

1-919-967-3272

Still unsure if you’re eligible? Call a WAGE$ counselor at 919-967-3272. We are available by phone Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When calling please reference WAGE$. If you are a current participant please also mention the county in which you work. You can also send us a message online.