2015-16 Child Care WAGE$® National Participant Outcomes, Outputs and Demographics
Educated, compensated and consistent/stable teachers are critical to the successful growth and development of young children. WAGE$ is an evidence-informed model that advances the education level of early educators, increases their compensation levels and results in the retention of a qualified early care and education workforce.
“This supplement allowed me to complete my education so that I am a more effective teacher to the children in my care. I have the skills and knowledge needed to make sure they enter into kindergarten ready to succeed. I use my WAGE$ supplement to help purchase materials for my classroom to enhance the children’s learning environment.” – Center Teacher
Funding - $9.1 million funded WAGE$ in five states.
Participants - 5,355 early educators, directors and home providers participated in WAGE$.
Compensation - $891 was the average six-month supplement amount.
- 36% - Average percent of WAGE$ participants with education below the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education who submitted documentation that they had completed additional coursework.
- 26% - Average percent of WAGE$ participants with education below the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education who moved up a level on the WAGE$ supplement scale.
- 12.6% - Average annual turnover rate.
- 1,541 early education programs employed WAGE$ participants.
- 62% of WAGE$ participants were people of color or of Hispanic origin.
- 99% were women.