Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid early educators working full-time with children birth through age two in North Carolina. If you’re just learning about the AWARD$ Plus program, be sure to check out the program overview, F.A.Q, and learn about the results AWARD$ Plus can provide. You’ll also find information on how to qualify and apply.
Get Started with AWARD$ Plus
Do you know if you qualify for AWARD$ Plus? We make it easy with a list of applicant requirements and more.
Ready to apply? Use our application resources to get started.
Learn more about the results that the AWARD$ Plus program provides. See facts and figures, and read testimonials from program participants.
The AWARD$ Plus program is designed to better compensate and retain well-educated teachers and family child care educators working with our youngest children.
Learn more with our AWARD$ Plus video, or download the flyer.
Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus Webinar
Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® is very important to me, it helps to ease my financial situation. Child care centers benefit because it helps them to retain staff for longer periods of time. The children benefit because they continue to have the same teachers, which helps them to feel comfortable, to bond with them, and feel secure, happy and safe. I love knowing that I can count on extra financial support.
— participating teacher
The program has encouraged staff to pursue more education. The children will have more educated teachers and they will be less likely to seek other employment. Children will have more continuity of care.
— participating director
This supplement has increased the morale of the teachers and assisted them in furthering their education. Better morale and education cause the teachers to be better for the children in my program. I am well pleased with the results of this supplement.
— participating director
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The reason this pandemic economy is particularly challenging for the child care workforce is that for decades, child care was one of the lowest-paid jobs across occupations. A permanent solution to the child care workforce wage and benefit challenge is needed. Economic recovery and growth depend on it.
“Both WAGE$ and AWARD$ Plus are helping to alleviate the financial burden that we have faced, and I would like to see WAGE$ funded in every county because Guilford doesn’t have access to WAGE$. We all need a chance to succeed.”
Tomorrow is Worthy Wages Day, but it’s long past time for early educators to earn the professional compensation and benefits they deserve.
Have questions? We can help!
Thank you for your interest in the AWARD$ Plus Program. When calling or leaving a voicemail, please reference AWARD$ Plus. You can also send us a message online. Mail paperwork to:
Child Care Services Association
Attn: AWARD$ Plus
PO Box 901
Chapel Hill, NC 27514