Registry AWARDS

Practitioner Registry Renewal AWARD

The Early Childhood Project has been grateful to be able to provide early childhood professional development awards including Registry Renewal and Achievement AWARDS that started in 2011.  We hope these awards have supported you in achieving your professional goals in the field of early childhood.  Unfortunately, at this time, funding is no longer available to sustain these awards and they have been discontinued.  A sincere thank you for your continued dedication to high quality early experiences for children and families

Practitioner Registry Achievement AWARD

The Early Childhood Project has been grateful to be able to provide early childhood professional development awards including Registry Renewal and Achievement AWARDS that started in 2011.  We hope these awards have supported you in achieving your professional goals in the field of early childhood.  Unfortunately, at this time, funding is no longer available to sustain these awards and they have been discontinued.  A sincere thank you for your continued dedication to high quality early experiences for children and families.

Professional Development Incentive Awards (PDIA)

Professional Development Incentive Award

DUE TO STATE FUNDING ALL PDIA APPLICATIONS ARE SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE 10/1/2017. IF FUNDING IS APPROVED FOR THESE AWARDS, APPLICATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE AT A LATER DATE.

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.

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

DUE TO STATE FUNDING ALL PDIA-HE APPLICATIONS ARE SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE 10/1/2017. IF FUNDING IS APPROVED FOR THESE AWARDS, APPLICATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE AT A LATER DATE.

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. 

What do I need to be eligible for this award?
You must be CURRENT on the Practitioner Registry at the time you submit for the award after the completion of your coursework each semester or quarter.
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.

When should I apply?
After successful completion of the semester submit the application and other documents to the ECP. Applications will be posted and due back to the ECP on the following schedule after each semester:  Fall semester -  the third week of December and due the first week of February; Spring semester - the third week of May and due the first week of July; and  Summer semester -  the third week of August due the first week of October. The specific deadline date for each semester will be stated on the application. If you are a student at Salish Kootenai College on a quarter system, please contact the ECP at ecp@montana.edu. The applications will be available in the Applications Box on the right of the Incentives and Awards page of the ECP website.  

The ECP must receive the following items via mail by 4:00 pm on the date stated on the application for each semester:

    • The PDIA-HE application
    • A  W-9 form
    • A copy of your transcript that includes your name, institution name, the early childhood degree, major and/or minor you are pursuing and your semester grades.

When will I recieve notification of the award and payment?
The ECP will send you an email about the approval or denial of your application within 5 business days of the deadline for each semester.  
You should receive a payment check from the Early Childhood Services Bureau who processes  the checks within 6-8 weeks of your notification email.

NAEYC and NAFCC Scholarships

These two scholarships support the completion of program accreditation. 

What do I need to be eligible?
All 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

The Early Childhood Project has been grateful to be able to provide the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential scholarship since 1999.  We hope this scholarship has supported you in achieving your professional goals in the field of early childhood.  Unfortunately, at this time, funding is no longer available to sustain these scholarship and they have been discontinued.  A sincere thank you for your continued dedication to high quality early experiences for children and families.


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

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation

NAFCC SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE PROCESSED UNTIL CURRENT ALLOCATED FUNDING HAS BEEN SPENT. THIS SCHOLARSHIP MAY BE DISCONTIUED AT ANY TIME.

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. 

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

NAEYC SCHOLARSHPS WILL BE PROCESSED UNTIL CURRENT ALLOCATED FUNDING HAS BEEN SPENT. THIS SCHOLARSHIP MAY BE DISCONTIUED AT ANY TIME.

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.

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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