The WAGE$ Project

Buncombe Partnership for Children partners with the Child Care WAGE$® Project to provide financial supplements to teachers and administrators who earn less than $15 per hour so they can attain higher education and remain in the teaching field. The project is designed to provide preschool children more stable relationships with better educated teachers by rewarding teacher education and continuity of care.

You and your staff may be eligible to receive a salary supplement from WAGE$ if you are currently earning at or below $15.00 per hour, work with children between the ages of birth-5 at least 10 hours per week in a licensed child care program, and have some formal child care credential or education beyond a high school diploma. Salary supplements are tied to the education level of the recipient and the position the recipient holds in her/his program. WAGE$ requires participants at lower education levels to move up one education level within two years (family home care providers have 3 years to move up a level) in order to continue receiving a supplement.

“This kind of project helps childcare providers to feel a little more appreciated for all the work we do in helping our little children grow and develop in a safe and stable environment.”

An Early Childhood Educator

To participate in the project, interested child care professionals must complete an application and provide verification of current employment in a child care program, as well as current wages and educational credentials. New applicants should submit an official transcript or complete an internet permission form to allow WAGE$ staff to download your grades directly from your school (if online grades are available).

For more detailed information:

Visit the Child Care WAGE$ website
or call (919) 967-3272