How to Bring WAGE$ to Your State

“This program has been most beneficial to the overall attitude of our teachers and has offered great support to our center. Our center staff members are satisfied and content with their chance to advance in their educational and professional growth. They are interested in future opportunities to grow.” Center Director

Key Variables to Consider for Getting a Child Care WAGE$® Program Started in Your State


Getting a Child Care WAGE$® Program started takes careful planning and consideration by a state’s early childhood community. In order for WAGE$ to be a viable compensation and retention strategy for a state, several things must take place.

A sole non-profit organization in each state is selected by the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (the Center) through a robust application process to implement the licensed, evidence-informed model.

For states that are exploring the possibility or are in the early stages of developing Child Care WAGE$® Programs, the Center provides technical assistance and support in the following areas to assist in the planning process.

For more information on bringing a WAGE$ Program to your state, please contact us here.


Support from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center for Launching and Maintaining a WAGE$ Program

Center staff works closely with all WAGE$ Programs – providing training, technical assistance and support throughout the life of a WAGE$ License.  

Center staff works closely with all WAGE$ Programs to help them:

  • Identify possible sources of funding to support the implementation and growth of WAGE$ in their state.
  • Develop operational policies and procedures that are consistent with the requirements of the program License Agreement.
  • Develop salary supplement scales that address the needs of their state’s early childhood workforce.
  • Plan recruitment strategies to expand their participant base.
  • Collect, analyze and report results by furnishing administrators with a database designed specifically for the Child Care WAGE$® Program.

Center staff also provides:

  • Start-up and ongoing programmatic and database technical assistance and support.
  • Assistance with developing statistical reports on states’ program outcomes.
  • Resources and materials related to program operations and emerging issues in the field.
  • An annual T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium.