AWARD$ provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers working full-time in infant-toddler classrooms in North Carolina. The program is designed to better compensate and retain well-educated teachers working with our youngest children. AWARD$ is funded by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).
To be eligible for AWARD$, applicants must:
- Work at least 35 hours per week with infants, birth to age two (**teachers with children ages 3+ in the classroom do not qualify)
- Earn at or below $18 per hour. Bonuses from the employer will be included in calculations to determine hourly rate
- Work in a licensed child care program with at least three stars (**family childcare providers do not qualify)
- Have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or higher
For more information, download the AWARD$ application and fact sheet below.