Child Care WAGE$® IOWA (typically referred to as WAGE$) is a new salary supplement program offered by Iowa AEYC. As with T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA, Child Care WAGE$® IOWA is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association. WAGE$ offers salary supplements (also referred to as stipends) to the early care and education workforce, based on the individual's level formal education and commitment to their program.
That means that it is committed to school staffing, school property, school transport and early childhood education subsidies primarily. In broad terms, for every $5 education dollars $2 go on salaries; $1 on property; $1 on operations; and $1 on extra resourcing such as professional learning and development. Schools get their funding by way of the operational grant. They make the key decisions over how they expend that.