2017-18 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 - $10.4 million invested in WAGE$ in five states.

Participants - 5,399 teachers, directors and home providers participated in WAGE$.

Compensation - $902 was the average six-month supplement amount.




  • 74% - WAGE$ participants who either have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education or higher or who submitted documentation that they had completed additional coursework.











  • 14% - Average annual turnover rate.


  • 2,117 early education programs employed WAGE$ recipients.
  • 61% of WAGE$ participants were people of color or of Hispanic origin.
  • 99% were women.