When an organization signs a License Agreement to administer a WAGE$ Program, it is agreeing to abide by the guidelines and criteria outlined in that agreement. The requirements of both the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and the organization administering WAGE$ are clearly spelled out in the License Agreement.
Implementing the WAGE$ Program to Fidelity with Support From the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center Via the Following Activities
- Developing supplement scales that meet the needs of your state’s early childhood workforce.
- Developing and improving statewide systems that impact the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood workforce.
- Utilizing the WAGE$ database for program implementation and data collection and reporting.
- Participating in monitoring/technical assistance visits.
- Growing into and aspiring to reach the 16 Child Care WAGE$® competency areas and participating in the competency-based assessment process.
- Utilizing training, tools and resources provided by the Center.
- Submitting periodic and annual reports.
- Renewing the Child Care WAGE$® Program License.
Benefits of Licensure
The Child Care WAGE$® name is a registered trademark of Child Care Services Association. To participate in the program one organization in a state must be licensed. The goal of licensing is to protect the integrity of the program. The benefits of licensure include:
- Permission to use the Child Care WAGE$® name, logo and materials.
- Use of a multi-faceted, relational database program with extensive capabilities for generating letters, tracking education, 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 programs 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 between the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and the administrative home for WAGE$.