Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$

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.

Download AWARD$ Packet

Frequently Asked Questions

AWARD$ Program Webpage

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