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. Click here to watch our informational video.


WAGE$ is going statewide!

Thanks to funds from the Iowa Department of Human Services, Child Care WAGE$® IOWA will be available in all 99 Iowa counties effective July 1, 2021. 

Eligibility information is below. If you think that you may be eligible, be sure to complete the following steps:

 

Join one of the upcoming Statewide WAGE$ 101 sessions to learn more!

 


What are the eligibility requirements?

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

 

What are the award levels?

Below is the WAGE$ Supplement Scale, effective July 1, 2021

 Level   Education Requirement 

Annual Supplement

(QRS 1-2)

Annual Supplement

(QRS 3-5)

10
10
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree with a Teaching License with an EC Endorsement
$3,500
$5,250
9
9
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 18 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
$2,900
$4,350
8
8
Master's or Doctorate Degree plus or including 9 EC credits
Bachelor's Degree plus or including 15 EC credits
$2,300
$3,450
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
$2,700
6*
6*
Associate Degree plus or including 12 EC credits
60 credits general education plus or including 18 EC credits
$1,400
$2,100
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
$1,650
4*
24 credits general education plus or including at least 6 EC credits
$800
$1,200
3*
12 EC college credits (could be part of a CDA Credential™, Paraeducator, Apprenticeship, Community College EC Certificate, etc.)
$500
$750
2**
Active Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ (earned with less than 12 college credits)
$350 $525
1
High School Diploma and training not for college credit
N/A
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. 

**Temporary level and not guaranteed beyond June 30, 2022. 

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. Ask us how to participate in both programs!

 
 
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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/