Child Care WAGE$®

“WAGE$ has helped me keep my home and have funds for my children. It has helped me to make it every day. Thank you for saving my home, giving us food and keeping me from being homeless. Thank you from the top and bottom of my heart.”      -  Center Teacher



Child Care WAGE$® Webinar

Compensation matters for an undervalued early childhood workforce


To help stem the tide of turnover and increase teacher continuity, Child Care WAGE$® awards education-based salary supplements to early educators to address the key issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce. Supplement awards are based on education achieved and the continuity of care provided.




  • Recognizes the challenges and diversity of the workforce
  • Links incremental educational accomplishments and continuity of care with compensation incentives
  • Provides children with more stable relationships with better educated teachers
  • Is typically available to teachers, directors and family child care providers working in regulated settings

Child Care WAGE$® Overview

“If compensation is an indicator of the value we place on work in this country, then the early childhood field, comprised of 97% women, is one of the most undervalued in our society. In this country, a woman who is 18 years or older with a high school diploma and who is working full time earns an average salary of $28,657. Yet, with an average salary of $18,820, an early childhood teacher earns only 65% of that. Clearly, the early childhood workforce deserves compensation that is commensurate with the work they do.”      – Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center Annual Program Report