What is Child Care WAGE$® Iowa?
Child Care WAGE$® Iowa (WAGE$) is a salary supplement program offered by Iowa AEYC. As with T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Iowa, WAGE$ 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. Thanks to funds from the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care WAGE$® Iowa is available in all 99 Iowa counties.
Watch our video and read the WAGE$ Overview Booklet (PDF) to learn more.
What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible to receive a WAGE$ stipend you must:
- Work in an HHS regulated early care and education program that participates in the Iowa Quality Rating System (IQ4K/QRS) or is nationally accredited, and accepts Child Care Assistance (CCA)
- Earn at or below $25/hour (any eligible position)
- Have one of the education levels listed in the supplement scale (see below), from regionally accredited schools
- Work 20 hours or more per week with ages 0-5 at least six months in the same child care program and be employed there when a final confirmation has been completed
What are the award levels?
Below is the WAGE$ Supplement Scale, effective July 1, 2022:
|Level||Education Requirement||Annual Supplement (QRS/IQ4K 1-2)||Annual Supplement|
|Master’s or Doctorate Degree plus or including 24 EC credits|
Bachelor’s Degree with a Teaching License with an EC Endorsement
|Master’s or Doctorate Degree plus or including 18 EC credits|
Bachelor’s Degree plus or including 24 EC credits
|Master’s or Doctorate Degree plus or including 9 EC credits|
Bachelor’s Degree plus or including 15 EC credits
|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
|Associate Degree plus or including 12 EC credits|
60 credits general education plus or including 18 EC credits
|Early Childhood Community College Diploma|
36 credits general education plus or including 12 EC credits
Associate Degree (less than 12 EC credits)
|4*||24 credits general education plus or including at least 6 EC credits||$1,200||$2,100|
|3*||12 EC college credits (could be part of a CDA Credential™, Paraeducator, Apprenticeship, Community College EC Certificate, etc.)||$750||$1,300|
|2*||Active Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ (earned with less than 12 college credits)||$525||$900|
|1||High School Diploma and training not for college credit||N/A||N/A|
Supplement totals shown represent annual awards for full-time eligibility.
*Temporary levels of education. Early care and education providers at one of these levels must move to a higher level within two years to retain eligibility. Deadlines will be reestablished at each temporary level.
The following notes apply to multiple levels throughout the scale:
- EC credits are defined as college coursework focused children ages birth to five.
- General education, such as English, Math and Science, is coursework earned toward a two or four year degree.
Contact Us Today!
Counselor Chat Sessions Join us for a monthly virtual chat session with T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ counselors! Join us for a monthly virtual chat session with T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ counselors! This live chat will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00-2:00pm. Feel free to come and go as you please. Our first counselor chat will be held on Tuesday, September 19th from 1:00-2:00pm. Here is the Zoom information to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500736957 Meeting ID: 845 0073 6957
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Fill out your W9 (PDF) and submit with your WAGE$ application to save time later.
WAGE$ National Information
Learn more about the history of WAGE$ and the outcomes that have been seen at the national level: