Launching a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Project in Your State

Launching a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Project in Your State

Getting Started

Getting a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Project off the ground takes careful planning and consideration by your state’s early childhood community. Guidance, technical assistance, support and start-up materials are available from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center. Staff provide assistance throughout the initial start-up steps, which include hosting initial meetings, the selection of an administrative home, becoming a licensed provider, finding and securing funding of T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$, and developing scholarship or supplement models.

“Central to the diffusion of policy strategies and best practices for the field is a deep understanding of state context, policies and politics. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center is unique in that the approach in each state is targeted and strategic; yet the fundamental principles of T.E.A.C.H. are embraced and consistently employed nationwide.”

State T.E.A.C.H. administrator

Types of Organizations That House T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Projects

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Projects are housed in non-profit organizations that:

  • Have experience delivering services to the early childhood education community on a statewide basis.
  • Have no conflicts of interest as an organization that either could receive scholarships for staff or provide higher education.

Organizations that administer T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ include:

  • Child Care Resource and Referral State Networks
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) State Affiliates
  • Statewide Early Childhood Organizations

Licensing T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Projects and the Benefits of Licensure

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® names are registered trademarks of Child Care Services Association. To participate in either program one organization in a state must be licensed. The goal of licensing is to protect the integrity of the program. The benefits of licensure include:

  • Permission to use the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® name, logo and materials.
  • Use of a multi-faceted, relational database program with extensive capabilities for generating contracts and letters, keeping records and producing reports.
  • Use of products and materials developed by the Center, some of which can be tailored for state-specific audiences.
  • Access to unlimited and individually tailored technical assistance services necessary to all phases of start-up, development, implementation and growth of the projects including organizational development.
  • Assistance with the development of statistical reports outlining the accomplishments of individual state programs.
  • Availability of strategic consultation around global issues to meet changing circumstances within states.
  • Up to date information on the latest research, national policies and other issues relevant to the early care and education field.
  • Membership in a growing national peer support system and movement.
  • Clearly defined expectations and agreements set forth by Child Care Services Association and the administrative home for T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$.

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