Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$®

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$

Qualify

Do you know if you qualify for AWARD$? We make it easy with a list of applicant requirements and more.

Apply

Ready to apply? Use our application resources to get started.

Results

Learn more about the results that the AWARD$ program provides. See facts and figures, and read testimonials from program participants.

Program Overview

Watch the video for a quick, easy-to-follow overview of the AWARD$ Program.

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.


Testimonials

  • 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

  • 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

  • This supplement increases teacher pay, which of course helps to retain qualified early educators. This addition to their salary helps teachers earn more because they deserve more! The children benefit from a higher paid teacher in too many ways to count. Happy teachers equal happy kids!

    participating director

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Have questions? We can help!

1-919-967-3272

Thank you for your interest in the AWARD$ Program. When calling or leaving a voicemail, please reference AWARD$. You can also send us a message online. Mail paperwork to:

Child Care Services Association
Attn: AWARD$
PO Box 901
Chapel Hill, NC 27514