Where is WAGE$ available in Iowa?

At this time WAGE$ is being piloted in several areas across the state of Iowa. Eligibility for DHS-registered Child Development Home Providers and licensed child care programs varies depending on the location of the program and that area's identified funding source. Additional criteria for programs may include a requirement for a certain QRS level, national accreditation, acceptance of Child Care Assistance (CCA), etc. Programs in the following counties are currently eligible:

Select the name of your county below to view WAGE$ eligibility guidelines for programs:
Adair Decatur Lee Muscatine Wapello
Appanoose Des Moines Louisa Page Warren
Black Hawk Henry Lucas Polk Washington
Clarke Ida Madison Poweshiek Wayne
Dallas Jasper Marion Ringgold Woodbury
Davis Jefferson Montgomery Van Buren  


When will WAGE$ be available in other parts of the state?

We are currently seeking funding to expand the WAGE$ projects to include other areas of the state. Our goal is to increase the number of "pilot" areas over the next few years. If you know of funding opportunities in your area please let us know. We are looking for available grants from a variety of organizations, including local foundations, who can support the cost of WAGE$ stipends for their local community. Let us know if you are connected with a good resource in your area!