The Child Care WAGE$® Program is offered throughout North Carolina as a funding collaboration between local Smart Start partnerships and the Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Counties that use Smart Start funding to support the Child Care WAGE$® Program can join at any time and we welcome questions from those interested. Please contact WAGE$ to learn how your Smart Start partnership can participate.

Thank you!
More than half of North Carolina’s counties currently participate and, on behalf of recipients, WAGE$ thanks the partnerships who support the workforce through this program.

Additional Information for Funders

The T.E.A.C.H National Center has released this very helpful fact sheet about compensation.
Better Compensation: The Key to an Educated and Committed Early Childhood Workforce