Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus 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$ Plus 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$ Plus is making a difference across the state.


Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus Executive Summary (FY23)

Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® Plus Statewide Full Report (FY23)


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

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

AWARD$ Testimonials

  • 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

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

    participating teacher

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