Registry AWARDS

Practitioner Registry Renewal AWARD
This AWARD is designed to reward individuals who remain current with the Registry over time.  Individuals who complete annual consecutive renewals with The Registry for the second time and every other year thereafter (up to ten years) will be eligible for this award. You must be a Level 2 or higher on the Career Path to be eligible to receive the $100 or $200 AWARD.

When should I apply? 
You may apply when you received your certificate with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 diamonds.  There will be an accompanying letter with more detailed information in your certificate packet.  Participants may not recieve the Renewal AWARD and Achievement AWARD in the same year!

How do I request my AWARD Payment?
You will need to complete the application and W-9 located in the Forms Box and mail or fax to the ECP within 90 days of the day you receive your certificate. You will be notified by email if your application is approved or denied.

Practitioner Registry Achievement AWARD
This award is designed to reward early childhood practitioners who are currently on the Registry and move up to a Level 4 or beyond on the Career Path.  Level 4 is the first level on the Career Path that requires an early childhood college course of study.  To be eligible, one must complete early childhood courses and move up after January 2011. 

When should I apply?
When you move up to a Level 4 or higher on the Registry and have worked 12 consecutive months in a state licensed or registered early childhood program, you may apply for this AWARD.  You will need to verify your employment from the date that your new level was verified. Participants may not recieve the Renewal AWARD and Achievement AWARD in the same year! 

How do I request my AWARD payment?
You will need to complete the application, W-9, and Employment Verification form located in the Forms box and mail or fax to the ECP within 90 days after your year of employment. You will be notified by email if your application is approved or denied.

Professional Development Incentive Awards (PDIA)

Professional Development Incentive Award
The Professional Development Incentive Award (PDIA) supports high quality intentional, informal education and training (not for college credit).  This award is made available one time each year. There are two tracks available to choose from; 25 hours of ECP approved training per year for the award of $200 and 50 hours of training per year for the award of $400.  Applicants are awarded on a priority basis if funding is limited. 

What do I need to be eligible for this award?
You must be CURRENT on the Practitioner Registry at the time of application for you to be eligible for this award. You must also be working in a state licensed or registered program for at least 15 hours per week.  The application must be completed in full. All incomplete applications will be denied.  Mail your application to the ECP address.  No faxed copies will be accepted. 

When should I apply?
Applications are posted the second week in June each year.  The applications will be available in the Applications box on the right. 

How do I request my award payment?
After you have completed your training between August 1 and July 31 of the current year, please submit the following items to The Early Childhood Project (located in the box to the right):

  • W-9 form (fill it out as an individual with your Social Security Number)
  • Payment Claim Form

Professional Development Incentive Award-Higher Ed
The Professional Development Incentive Award – Higher Ed promotes early childhood education college coursework, certificate and degree programs.  There are two award opportunities to apply for this award, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  You may choose from one of two tracks: $250 for the completion of 2-5 credits per semester and $750 for the completion of a minimum of 6 credits per semester.  Applicants are awarded on a priority basis if funding is limited. 

What do I need to be eligible for this award?
You must be CURRENT on the Practitioner Registry at the time of application for you to be eligible for this award. You must also be working in a state licensed or registered program, a Montana Head Start or Tribal Head Start, or a Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for at least 15 hours per week.  The application must be completed in full.  All incomplete applications will be denied.  Mail your application to the ECP address.  No faxed copies will be accepted. 

When should I apply?
Applications are posted the second week in June for Fall Semester and the first week in October for the Spring/Summer Semester.  The applications will be available in the Applications box on the right. 

What if my courses change after I have been approved for the award?
Fill out this form prior to your request for payment if your college credit courses have changed those that were approved on your application.  The Change of Study Form is available in the box to the right.

How do I request my award payment?
After you have completed all coursework for the awarded semester, please submit the following items to The Early Childhood Project (located in the box to the right):

  • Copy of transcripts
  • W-9 form (fill out the form as an individual with your Social Security Number)
  • Payment Claim Form

CDA, NAEYC and NAFCC Scholarships
These three scholarships support the completion of a national credential or program accreditation. 

What do I need to be eligible?
All three scholarships require you to be current on the Practitioner Registry. 

When do I apply?
Plan ahead and apply to the ECP for any of the following scholarships at least six weeks prior to submitting your materials to the appropriate organization.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Scholarship
This scholarship pays for the CDA assessment fee of $325.00 (and the renewal assessment fee of $50) awarded when you apply to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.. The ECP makes the payment on your behalf directly to the council when you are awarded this scholarship. 

When do I apply?   
A CDA often requires up to two or more years of preparation time. After you have completed all CDA requirements and are ready to apply for assessment to the council, you may apply for the scholarship.

For more information about the CDA credential, go to www.cdacouncil.org

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation
The NAFCC accreditation process is designed for family and group home child care programs. It involves a comprehensive self-study, parent surveys, and an observer visit. The fee is $300 for Enrolling in Self Study, $500 for NAFCC Accreditation and $150 for first and second year renewal of accreditation. Full scholarships are available to cover all three steps of the accreditation process.  Programs receiving STARS to Quality incentive funds are NOT ELIGIBLE.

When do I apply?
You may when you are beginning the process of accreditation.

For more information about NAFCC accreditation, visit www.nafcc.org.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
The NAEYC accreditation process is designed for child care centers, preschools, school-age programs, and kindergartens. Scholarships are available to help pay the costs of the four steps in the NAEYC accreditation process and for the Annual Report fee.

The Montana application for initial and renewal scholarships requests itemization of all accreditation costs. Please contact NAEYC to verify the costs of accreditation for your program. Programs receiving STARS to Quality incentive funds are NOT ELIGIBLE.

When do I apply?
When you begin the application process with NAEYC.

For more information about NAEYC accreditation visit www.naeyc.org

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