To be eligible for at least one six-month payment during the fiscal year, applicants must:

  • Work at least 30 hours per week with infants, ones or twos.
  • Work in a licensed center or home in North Carolina.
  • Earn at or below $20/hour (raises due to stabilization grants/ARPA funds will not be counted in income calculations).
  • Have one of the education levels listed on the AWARD$ Plus Salary Supplement Scale (haga clic aquí para escala de suplemento salarial en Español).
  • Work at least six months in the same child care program.
  • Be employed at this same child care program when funding is available and a final confirmation has been completed.

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Still unsure if you’re eligible? Call an AWARD$ Plus specialist or use our contact form to send us a message. When calling or leaving a voicemail, please reference AWARD$ Plus.