The History of WAGE$

The Child Care WAGE$® Project was created in North Carolina in 1994 in response to research evidence that shows that the quality of care children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education. 

 

1989  – Recommendation for salary supplement program from first child care

workforce study completed in NC

 

1994  – Pilot for 99 participants awarded salary supplements in Orange County, NC

 

1994 1999WAGE$ experiences gradual growth across North Carolina

 

1999 WAGE$ becomes a statewide initiative in North Carolina

 

2001 Initial state awarded WAGE$ License

 

2017 WAGE$ operating in five states