March 31, 2021
Dear Child Care Providers,
Child Care WAGE$® IOWA is moving statewide!
As you may know, Iowa received federal stimulus funds to support the stability of child care as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Human Services is excited to share that we are using some of those funds to support the Child Care WAGE$ program in moving statewide.
WAGE$ is a salary supplement program offered by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC). WAGE$ offers supplements to the early care and education workforce, based on the individual’s level of formal education and commitment to their program. WAGE$ was created to help increase retention of staff, compensations of providers and education of the workforce.
Below are 5 of our most commonly asked questions:
When is the money coming?
What do you mean by official transcripts?
What are the income caps?
How many hours must I work to be eligible?
Do I have to pay taxes on my WAGE$ supplements?
To answer your remaining WAGE$ questions, please check out one of the upcoming WAGE$ training opportunities. Attendees will receive one hour of DHS training credit. Use the hyperlinks below to register or go to i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry and search for: Statewide WAGE$ 101
More information about Child Care WAGE$ Iowa can be found on the Iowa AEYC website.
Child Care Program Manager
Division of Adult, Children and Family Services
Department of Human Services
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