Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus

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.


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Results

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Program Overview

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid early educators working full-time with children birth through age two in North Carolina. Learn more about AWARD$ Plus funding.

Infant Toddler AWARD$® Plus is designed to increase the compensation, education and retention of teachers and family child care educators working with our youngest children.

Watch the video or download the PDF flyer to learn more! 

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

AWARD$ 2021-2022 Impact

invested in AWARD$ salary supplements

$3.1M+

supplement recipients

1,337

average annual turnover rate

16%

average six-month supplement

$1,288

early education programs with supplement recipients

792

of active participants have at least an associates degree with 24 birth to five focused semester hours(program requirement)

100%

Testimonials

  • 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 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

  • Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® always seems to come right on time. It helps me to stay in infant-toddler care. It motivates me to keep going, helps me to realize that somebody cares, and shows that infant and toddler teachers are not forgotten.

    participating teacher

AWARD$ Plus News

  • A Goal to Thrive

    Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is proud to offer two education-based salary supplement programs in North Carolina. The Child Care WAGE$® Program issued its first checks in 1994 in one county and as of 2023, is available in 63 counties across the state with funding from local Smart Start partnerships that choose to participate and the Division of Child Development and Early Education. Funding partnerships determine compensation amounts and some of the program’s eligibility requirements, and supplements are issued to qualifying educators working with children birth to 5. Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® started in 2018 and expanded eligibility in July 2023, rebranding as Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus. Funded solely by the Division of Child Development and Early Education, the supplements are available in all 100 counties to qualifying educators working with children birth through age 2 at least 30 hours per week.
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Have questions? We can help!

1-919-967-3272

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