Introducing Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA
The Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA Project is designed to provide young children with more stable relationships with teachers (a key component of quality) by rewarding teacher education and continuity of care. This program provides education-based salary supplements to early childhood teachers working with children ages birth to five.
WAGE$ aims to improve child care quality by reducing turnover and encouraging the continued education of early childhood teachers (including center staff and family child care providers).
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible for at least one six-month supplement payment during the fiscal year, applicants must meet the following statewide criteria (additional county requirements may apply):
- Work in a Quality Counts (Quality Rating Improvement System - QRIS) early care and education program (center or family child care home)
- Earn less than $17.50 per hour as a child care practitioner (teacher or assistant)
- Have one of the education levels listed the scale (from a regionally accredited college)
- Work at least six months in the same eligible early care and education program
- Work with a consistent group of children birth to five years of age for at least 20 hours a week in a child care program classroom
- Be employed at this same program at the time of employment confirmation
For information about participating Florida counties, frequently asked questions, and applications, go to the Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA official website. The Children's Forum is the licensee of the Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA Project.