Getting a WAGE$ Program started takes careful planning and consideration by a state’s early childhood stakeholder community, and engaging partners throughout the state is critical to its success. Financial support is a key ingredient for sustaining and expanding a WAGE$ Program. Funding for WAGE$ Programs can come from a variety of sources.

Examples of Potential WAGE$ State Program Funders

  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Quality Funds
  • State General Funds
  • State Pre-K Funds
  • Local Government Funds
  • Foundations
  • United Way

Examples of WAGE$ State Partners

  • Higher education institution faculty
  • Child care resource and referral agencies
  • Child care licensing
  • Cooperative Extension
  • State child care administrator or designee
  • Head Start Collaboration Office
  • State early childhood initiatives and/or professional organizations
  • Funders
  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Programs
  • State Pre-K administrator

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center can provide you with information on how to approach potential partners and funders to support bringing a Child Care WAGE$® Program to your state. Contact us here.