WAGE$ Information and Application

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The Child Care WAGE$® Program DELAWARE

deaeyc, in consultation with the Office of Early Learning, outlines the requirements for the Child Care WAGE$® Program DELAWARE:

Eligibility Requirements

The early child care workforce often suffers from poor compensation and high turnover rates. The goal of this program is to stabilize the early childhood workforce, focusing on those working daily in the classroom directly with children birth through five, by providing an education-based salary supplement. Research shows that the formal education of teachers working directly with children impacts the development of children and their ability to succeed in school/life. Thus, the WAGE$® program only awards formal education. Please see the WAGE$ Levels Scale for more information. 

The Child Care WAGE$® Program DELAWARE is committed to the following outcomes:

  • Reduce turnover of qualified teachers in early childhood classrooms;
  • Ensure continued and successful completion of formal education for early childhood professionals;
  • Support the wages of early childhood professionals.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD CARE WAGE$® DELAWARE:

  • Employed by a 2, 3, 4 or 5 Star program;
  • Be included in the classroom ratios with children (ages birth - 5 years) at least 10 hours per week
  • Award amounts will be prorated if working part-time in the classroom;
  • Must be employed a minimum of 6 months at the same program;
  • Earn a wage of $17.00 or less per hour;
  • Have at least 6 credits in Early Childhood Education; and
  • Submit official transcripts directly to deaeyc's Child Care WAGE$® Program.

For questions, please contact Eunice Yoo, WAGE$ Counselor, at eyoo@deaeyc.org

Updated WAGE$ Levels Scale

WAGE$_Application Updated May 2019

Direct Deposit Form (Include with a voided check OR bank note) 

W-9 Form

WAGE$ FAQ

To speak to the WAGE$® team directly, please call 302-764-1500 x105 or x107.