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Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® is an evidence-informed, outcome-driven initiative designed to better compensate and retain well-educated teachers and family child care educators working with our youngest children. Education-based salary supplements tied to the successful completion of commitment periods in the same child care program result in a more stable, better-educated workforce.

Why AWARD$ is So Important to Child Care

Young children need stable and engaging relationships with the adults in their lives for successful growth and development. Participants, coworkers, employers, children, families and the community at large all benefit when educators are more fairly compensated. Thanks to funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, AWARD$ is making a difference across the state.

2022

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Executive Summary (FY22)

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Statewide Full Report (FY22)

2021

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Executive Summary (FY21)

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Statewide Full Report (FY21)

AWARD$ 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

  • The Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® supplement has certainly helped with staff retention. The extra money that my teachers are receiving sometimes makes the difference between them staying at our center or leaving the early childhood education field altogether.

    participating director

  • 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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