When an organization signs a License Agreement to administer a WAGE$ Program, it is agreeing to abide by the guidelines and criteria outlined in that agreement. The requirements of both the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and the organization administering WAGE$ are spelled out in the License Agreement.

Implementing the WAGE$ Program with Support From the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center Through the Following Activities

  • Developing supplement scales that meet the needs of your state’s early childhood workforce
  • Developing and improving statewide systems that impact the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood workforce
  • Using the WAGE$ database for program implementation and data collection
  • Participating in monitoring and technical assistance
  • Growing into and aspiring to reach the Child Care WAGE$® competency areas and participating in the competency-based assessment process
  • Utilizing training, tools and resources provided by the Center
  • Submitting periodic and annual reports
  • Renewing the Child Care WAGE$® Program License

Download the WAGE$ Overview PDF.

Benefits of Licensure

The Child Care WAGE$® name is a registered trademark of Child Care Services Association. To participate in the program, one organization in a state must be licensed. The goal of licensing is to protect the integrity of the program. The benefits of licensure include:

  • Permission to use the Child Care WAGE$® name, logo and materials
  • Use of a multi-faceted, relational database program with extensive capabilities for generating letters, tracking education, keeping records and producing reports
  • Use of products and materials developed by the Center, some of which can be tailored for state-specific audiences
  • Access to unlimited and individually tailored technical assistance services necessary to all phases of start-up, development, implementation and growth of the programs, including organizational development
  • Help in developing statistical reports outlining the accomplishments of individual state programs
  • Availability of strategic consultation around global issues to meet changing circumstances within states
  • Access to updated information on the latest research, national policies and other issues relevant to the early care and education field
  • Membership in a growing national peer support system and movement
  • Clearly defined expectations and agreements between the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and the administrative home for WAGE$