The Johnson County Childcare Coalition Wage Enhancement Program is designed to address the growing challenges of childcare staffing wages without increasing the costs of tuition or passing along additional costs to families.

This program, funded by American Rescue Plan Act funds from Johnson County, Early Childhood Iowa funds and investments from employers and businesses across the region, allows childcare providers to enhance their staff wages by $2.00 per hour. The fund also pays $0.153 per $2.00 to cover the additional payroll taxes incurred by the employer in participating in the program. Funds are limited and programs will be considered on a first-received, first-considered basis. Program metrics will be measured throughout the program, and because of this, regular data will be collected by representatives while maintaining the strictest confidentiality and respecting the sensitivity of information provided.

Childcare Wage Enhancement Program Application fillable form

Wage Enhancement Process

Wage Enhancement Application Checklist and Priorities


Wage Enhancement Community Presentations

Power Point presentation presented March 7, 2023 at City of Iowa City work session

Power Point presentation presented August 30, 2023 at NACo County Leaders Academy