2019–20 Child Care WAGE$® National Participant Outcomes, Outputs and Demographics

Educated, compensated and consistent/stable teachers are critical to the successful growth and development of young children. WAGE$ is an evidence-informed model that advances the education level of early educators, increases their compensation levels and results in the retention of a qualified early care and education workforce.

“This supplement allowed me to complete my education so that I am a more effective teacher to the children in my care. I have the skills and knowledge needed to make sure they enter into kindergarten ready to succeed. I use my WAGE$ supplement to help purchase materials for my classroom to enhance the children’s learning environment.”

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Funding — $15.55 million invested in WAGE$ in five states

Participants 8,511 teachers, directors, and home providers participated in WAGE$

Compensation $791 was the average six-month supplement amount


Education — 61% of WAGE$ participants either have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education or higher or submitted documentation that they had completed additional coursework