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Grants and Awards

Grants & Awards

Licensed or registered child care providers are eligible to apply for grants and scholarships that unlicensed providers are simply not eligible for. Different grants and scholarships are available throughout the year to aid in costs associated with meeting license requirements and increasing the quality of child care to all children through professional development awards.

Child Care Mini Grants

  • We have scheduled mini grant deadlines.  Announced deadlines and applications can be found on our home page when they are available.

Professional Development Incentive Awards-PDIA (formerly known as Merit Pay)

  • Professional Development Incentive Awards (PDIA)

Professional Development Incentive Award 
The purpose of these awards is to offer incentives to early childhood practitioners who complete specific tracks of early childhood professional development/training options designed to impact the quality of early care and education for young children and their families.

  • For more information on training tracks visit:
  • Note: Individuals may not retake/duplicate trainings to receive this award. If an individual has a training in any of the PDIA tracks on their record two or more times the award WILL NOT be approved.
  • Professional Development Incentive Award-Higher Ed
    The Professional Development Incentive Award – Higher Ed promotes early childhood education college coursework, certificate and degree programs.  You may apply for the award after you complete a semester or quarter of early childhood course work that leads to a degree or minor or endorsement in early childhood education. You may choose from one of two tracks: $400 for the completion of 2-5 credits per semester and $1,000 for the completion of a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Visit for PDIA applications, full eligibility requirements, and Professional Development Incentive Award Policy to understand how awards are granted.

Certified Infant Toddler Course and Certified Preschool Course

Due to high interest and priority registration to STARS participants, an application process has been established for Certified Infant Toddler and Certified Preschool courses. We will post applications and requirements on this site and communicate application deadlines as they become available.

Upon completion of the Certified Infant Toddler and Certified Preschool Courses, a $500 Professional Development Incentive Award is granted. Additionally, there is a Continuity of Care Stipend up to $1600 for participants that completed the Certified Infant Toddler Course. An application required to receive this stipend, and is available at