Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® (AWARD$) 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$ program, be sure to check out the program overview, F.A.Q, and learn about the results AWARD$ can provide. You’ll also find information on how to qualify and apply.
Get Started with AWARD$
Do you know if you qualify for AWARD$? We make it easy with a list of applicant requirements and more.
Ready to apply? Use our application resources to get started.
Learn more about the results that the AWARD$ program provides. See facts and figures, and read testimonials from program participants.
The AWARD$ 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$ video, or download the flyer.
Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Webinar
Honestly, this program is simply the best! I am more motivated to be the best teacher I can be and I encourage others to continue working towards their goals of receiving their degree… Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® has made me feel as if I do make a difference in my place of work and in the lives of the children and families I give care to. It means a lot, knowing someone appreciates what I have a heart’s desire to do and is supportive of me through this program.
— participating teacher
Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® is very important because those who can’t always help themselves with school or purchasing the necessary materials now get the help they desperately need. I am thankful for AWARD$. It has been a blessing to me.
— 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
“Both WAGE$ and AWARD$ 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.”
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