Child Care WAGE$® IOWA

What is Child Care WAGE$® IOWA?

Child Care WAGE$® IOWA (WAGE$) is a salary supplement program offered by Iowa AEYC. As with T.E.A.C.H. IOWA, WAGE$ is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association. WAGE$ offers salary supplements (also called stipends) to the early care and education workforce, based on the individual's level of formal education and commitment to their program.

View the 2017 Annual Report

WAGE$ 2017 Annual Report

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to receive a WAGE$ stipend you must:

 

What are the current award levels?

Below is the current WAGE$ Supplement Scale:

Level Education Requirement  Supplement
10
10
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree with an Active Teaching License with an EC Endorsement
$3,500
9
9
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 18 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
$2,900
8
8
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 9 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree plus or including 15 EC credits
$2,300
7
7*
7*
7*
Associate Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
Master's or Doctorate Degree (less than 9 EC credits)
Bachelor's Degree (less than 15 EC credits)
90 credits toward a Bachelor's Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
$1,800
6*
6*
Associate Degree plus or including 12 EC credits
60 credits general education plus or including 18 EC credits
$1,400
5*
5*
5*
Early Childhood Community College Diploma
36 credits general education plus or including 12 EC credits
Associate Degree (less than 12 EC credits)
$1,100
4*
24 credits general education plus or including at least 6 EC credits
$800
3*
12 EC college credits (could be part of a CDA Credential™, Paraeducator, Apprenticeship, Community College EC Certificate, etc.)
$500
2
Active Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ (earned with less than 12 college credits)
N/A
1
High School Diploma and training not for college credit
N/A

Supplement totals shown represent annual awards for full-time eligibility.

*Temporary levels of education. Early care and education providers at one of these levels must move to a higher level within two years to retain eligibility. Deadlines will be reestablished at each temporary level. 

The following notes apply to multiple levels throughout the scale:
• EC credits are defined as college coursework focused children ages birth to five.
• General education, such as English, Math and Science, is coursework earned toward a two or four year degree.

 

Can someone participate in T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$?

Yes! The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA Scholarship Program and the Child Care WAGE$® IOWA Salary Supplement Program go hand-in-hand. T.E.A.C.H. is a means to support someone work their way up the WAGE$ scale as they increase their education. Participants in both programs can receive bonuses from T.E.A.C.H. and stipends from WAGE$ simultaneously. 

 

WAGE$ National Information

Learn more about the history of WAGE$ and the outcomes that have been seen at the national level:
http://teachecnationalcenter.org/child-care-wage/ 
 
 
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Staff Member
Position
Contact Information
Dara Madigan
WAGE$ Program Manager
 
dara@iowaaeyc.org
 
515-331-8000 or 800-469-2392 ext. 114
 
Kate Granzow WAGE$ Counseling Specialist

kate@iowaaeyc.org

515-331-8000 or 800-469-2392 ext. 112

Jocee Kelly
WAGE$ Counseling Specialist
 
jocee@iowaaeyc.org

515-331-8000 or 800-469-2392 ext. 126