Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

REWARD$

REWARD$ Need to Know

REWARD$ is administered by Central Arizona College, Early Childhood Education Department.

Contact REWARD$ at:

p   Signal Peak Campus | Coolidge, AZ | O100B

m  8470 North Overfield Road | Coolidge, AZ 85128

t   520.494.5030 | f  520.494.5985

e   azftfrewards@azearlychildhood.org

  • REWARD$ is not [currently] part of the Registry and does not have direct access to the Registry.
  • REWARD$ levels are aligned with the Arizona Early Childhood Career Lattice; your Lattice level determines your REWARD$ level.
  • Direct deposit is not available.  Checks will be mailed to the home address of the applicant.
  • The application process is the responsibility of the individual requesting the REWARD$ incentive. REWARD$ will not process multiple applications from a single sender.
  • Each applicant must submit application documents from the same email address that is in their Registry account (the email address used to log into their Registry account).
  • There are two application cycles per fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th):
      •  Fall application cycle (October 1st through October 31st)
      • Spring application cycle (March 1st through March 31st)

Before submitting any application documents, make sure the following has been completed:

1.       Create a Registry account at www.azearlychildhood.org.  To learn how to create a Registry account click here.

2.       Request your official transcripts be sent to the Registry to verify the credits you have earned (even if transcripts have been provided to a QF Coach, have them submitted directly to the Registry)!  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 to the Registry to verify your employment. Request Admin Access Here.
b.         Your employer must verify your employment within the Registry. Learn how here.

4.       Confirm your Registry Participant Education and Professional Development Report (aka PD Report). Note:  REWARD$ eligibility and incentive level are determined from the information on this document, make sure it is up to date!

5.       Complete Statement of Lawful Presence Form which can be found in the Registry or by clicking here:  Statement of Lawful Presence

 

Application Process

1.  Complete REWARD$ online Application form by clicking on this link https://goo.gl/forms/husOnATRMofl9Wmg1.

2.  Submit the following application documents to REWARD$ by emailing them to azftfrewards@azearlychildhood.org.

a.       W-9 form with written signature (no electronic signature) _____

b.      Professional Development (PD) and Education Report from the Registry.

c.       Statement of Lawful Presence and identification document.

3.  Continue checking your email account for updated communication.

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