Posted by ICCRR in News on 1/28/2021

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) is excited to announce that within the Governor’s efforts to confront Iowa’s Child Care Crisis, $7 Million would be allocated to support statewide Child Care WAGE$ Iowa (WAGE$).  

On January 12, 2021 Governor Reynolds delivered her 2021 Condition of the State Address and within her Vision for Iowa (report) the Governor laid out a plan implementing strategies to confront Iowa’s Child Care Crisis.

Included in the strategies is $7 million for WAGE$ to offer salary stipends to the early care and education workforce based on staff level of education and commitment to their program.

Child Care WAGE$ Iowa is an evidence-based salary supplement program offered by Iowa AEYC. As the sister program to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA scholarship program, WAGE$ is licensed and monitored by 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 employing program.

Iowa AEYC holds the license to administer Child Care WAGE$ Iowa, an evidence-based early childhood workforce initiative and has been administering the program since 2013. WAGE$ is currently available to early educators in 38 counties.

To learn more about the WAGE$ Program, view the T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Annual Report.

“We cannot continue to underpay and undervalue the early care and education workforce. Strategies to increase compensation and reduce turnover in the early care and education workforce are critical to the economic recovery for Iowa and Iowa’s families. This opportunity to expand the WAGE$ program statewide is a necessary first step.”  -Iowa AEYC Executive Director, Jillian Herink

 

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