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 (FY21)

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


Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Annual Summary (FY20)

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Statewide Full Report (FY20)

AWARD$ Testimonials

  • Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® encourages me to continue my education. It helps me gain the knowledge I need to be a better teacher.

    participating teacher

  • Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® is a wonderful incentive that encourages infant-toddler caregivers to continue working in their positions and to contribute to more meaningful relationships with the children and families they care for.

    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

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