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.


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

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


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

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

AWARD$ 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

  • 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

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