Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
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Hourly Wage Enhancement

The Hourly Wage Enhancement Program allows childcare centers to enhance their staff’s wages by $1 – $5/hr., aiming for a more livable wage of at least $16/hr. It also pays $0.0765 per $1.00 of enhancement to cover the additional payroll taxes incurred by center employers participating in the program. Employees may opt-in to the program on an annual basis and can be added to the program as they are hired. Increased hourly wages benefit the center by helping them better compete in attracting new employees, and they better compensate current employees, encouraging them to stay on. This ensures a sustainable child care workforce, maintains current child care slots, and with additional hiring, will build child care capacity for the county.