Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

REWARD$

What's New in REWARD$ 

  • New Grantee will be announced in October. 
  • REWARD$ level document aligned with the Arizona Early Childhood Career Lattice 
    • The amounts increased for the lower levels 
    • The number of levels was reduced 
  • New requirement to be Registry member with a completed profile was added 
  • The application period and process has changed. 
  • Direct deposit is no longer available.Checks will be mailed to the recipient.

Application Process

REWARD$ will utilize the Arizona Workforce Registry to verify applicant information. 

Please follow the steps below to prepare to apply for REWARD$:

  1.  Create a Registry account at www.azearlychildhood.org to learn how to create a Registry account click here.
  2. Request that your official transcripts be sent to the Registry to verify the credits you have earned. Learn how to submit documentation click here.
  3. Ask your employer to verify your employment information including: start date, salary, title, and assigned age group.
    a.  Your employer will need administrative access in the Registry to verify your employment.
  4. Complete your Statement of Lawful Presence Form which can be found in the Registry or by clicking here:Statement of Lawful Presence


The application period will open October 1st and end on October 31, 2016.

Check back here for additional information and updates in late September.

Review the eligibility and new REWARD$ levels below.

For questions, please contact azftfrewards@azearlychildhood.org

Eligibility

To apply for the First Things First Professional REWARD$ Program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be employed at an eligible child care program as a child care center director, assistant director, teacher, assistant teacher or family child care provider
    • Currently working 30 hours per week (teachers, assistant teachers and family child care providers must work directly with children ages birth to 5 years)
    • Have worked a minimum of 1 year of continuous employment at their current place of employment
    • Earn $20 or less per hour based on a 40 hour work week
  • Be at least 18 years of age and lawfully present in the Unites States
  • Have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of college coursework in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Child Development with a grade of C or better
  • Did not receive an FTF College Scholarship Bonus this fiscal year (July 1- June 30)
     

Eligible participants must also be employed at a child care center or family child care home that is:
 

  • regulated by a Federal, State or Tribal authority and in good standing
  • Providing services to children, ages birth through 5 years, not in kindergarten
  • Not using REWARD$ in place of merit or pay increases
  • Demonstrating a commitment to quality by meeting one of the following criteria:
    • enrolled in or on the wait list for Quality First or
    • accredited by a national organization which is recognized by the Department of Education or Department of Economic Security and
       
  • Be located in one of the following First Things First regions throughout Arizona:                    
    • Graham/Greenlee                       
    • Navajo Nation                     
    • Pima North                       
    • Pima South                       
    • San Carlos Apache Tribe                  
    • White Mountain Apache Tribe
    • Yavapai

To find out if the program you work at is in one of these regions, click here.

REWARD$ Levels

Your work experience, education, and professional development are verified through the Registry and are used to assign your Career Lattice Level. This table indicates the annual financial incentive you are eligible for based on your Career Lattice Level. Successful completion of coursework with a grade of C or better is required at all levels.

REWARD$ Levels

Career Lattice

Level

CAREER LATTICE ATTAINMENT

ANNUAL

INCENTIVE

B

HS Diploma plus 6 credit hours in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field  

$500.00

You can receive level B Annual Incentive for 2 years.

You must continue to take the coursework and advance to a higher Career Lattice Level to continue to participate in REWARD$.

C

HS Diploma PLUS 12 credit hours in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field

$700.00

You can receive level C Annual Incentive for 3 years.

You must continue to take the coursework and advance to a higher Career Lattice Level to continue to participate in REWARD$.

D

HS Diploma PLUS 24 credit hours in ECE or a related field

Current Child Development Associate (CDA)

Certificate of Completion in ECE or a related field

$900.00

You can receive level D Annual Incentive for 3 years.

You must continue to take the coursework and advance to a higher Career Lattice Level to continue to participate in REWARD$.

E

60 College Credits

Associate degree in ECE

$1200.00

You can receive level E Annual Incentive for 4 years.

You must continue to take the coursework and advance to a higher Career Lattice Level to continue to participate in REWARD$.

F

Bachelor’s degree in ECE

Bachelor’s INCLUDING at least 24 credit hours in ECE or a related field

$1500.00

G

Master’s degree in ECE

Master’s INCLUDING either 30 undergraduate credit hours or 18 graduate credit hours in ECE or a related field

$2000.00