Professional Development Bonus Program

Incentives have been key to helping the early childhood community embrace and work toward higher standards. To encourage the adoption of new policies and practices, the Professional Development Bonus Award granted a one-time bonus incentive to North Carolina 4- and 5-star licensed early learning programs that implemented certain policies and practices related to staff professional development.

North Carolina Child Care Centers:

  • Director had completed .5 CEU on NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development;  
  • All site administrators had completed the .5 CEU on Choosing and Using a Curriculum and Instructional Assessment
  • All non-temporary, full- and part-time teaching staff and administrators had a current written annual individual professional development plan; and
  • Program was currently serving children birth to five receiving child care subsidy, Head Start, Early Head Start or NC Pre-K.
  • In addition, each center was required to provide documentation for two of the following four options:
    • All non-temporary, part- and full-time teaching and administrative staff had attained a NC Early Educator Certification;
    • A personnel policy which indicated that all non-temporary, part- and full-time teachers received paid time off when participating in professional development activities;
    • An employee salary scale that rewarded higher education and longevity; or
    • Director had completed the .5 CEU Cultural Competence. 

North Carolina Family Child Care Homes (FCCH):

  • At least two children (excluding FCCH provider's own child/ren) were enrolled as of the date of application:
  • FCCH provider had completed the .5 CEU on NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development;
  • FCCH provider had completed the .5 CEU on Choosing and Using a Curriculum and Instructional Assessment;
  • FCCH provider had completed an annual professional development plan; and
  • Program was currently serving children ages birth to five receiving child care subsidy, Head Start or Early Head Start.
  • In addition, each FCCH provider was required to provide documentation for two of the following three options:
    • Attainment of NC Early Educator Certification;
    • Earned 3 or more points on the Program Standards component of the FCCH's current 4- or 5-star license; or
    • Completion of the .5 CEU Cultural Competence.

A single payment was made after satisfactory completion of the requirements for the Professional Development Bonus Award and the amount of the award was based on the number of children ages birth to five (pre-kindergarten) enrolled in the program as of the date of application.

Through this project, 305 applications were received, and 277 awards were granted to 4- and 5- star facilities in North Carolina.  Of these, 192 awards were made to child care centers, and 85 awards were made to family child care homes.  .

This Activity was completed December 2016.

RTT-ELC Reform Area: High Quality Accountable Programs