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C-WAGES is a new compensation program jointly funded by HSA-Office of Early Care and Education, the Department of Children Youth and Their Families, and First 5 San Francisco. C-WAGES implementation began in FY 12-13 in response to continued ECE community support for increasing compensation, similar to but an enhanced version of WAGES + initially approved in July 2000.  The C-WAGES program provides funding to licensed Centers to support wages based on job title and education level, as well as medical insurance and retirement contributions for classroom staff, moving the compensation package closer to living wages.  There are currently 34 center employers representing 79 centers with a budget of over $7 million.

In the C-WAGES FCC program, with simultaneous participation on the FCC Quality Network, up to 250 licensed FCC providers will access business supports in a per child reimbursement based on quality score, funding to support wages of Teachers and Teacher Assistants based on job title and education level, enhanced per child reimbursement rate based on quality for children receiving targeted child care subsidies and linkages to enhanced resources and support by Quality Network staff.  Between 225-250 licensed FCCs and approximately 100 Teachers and Teacher Assistants are anticipated to be enrolled in FY 12-13.

In order to participate in C-WAGES, programs must meet a minimum of three criteria:

  • Be in priority groups identified in NOFA based on Centers and FCC characteristics
  • Either 25% of enrolled children must be from families with incomes below 75% of State Median Income (SMI)
  • Center/FCC must agree to or have already received an external assessment from SF Quality Connections program (Harms Scales: ECERS, ITERS, FDCRS and CLASS) and completed a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).  Additional quality criteria is in development as part of a Bay Area Quality Rating and Improvement project funded by local and Race to The Top Early Learning Challenge Grants federal funds.