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Montana Uses Financial Incentives to Improve Child Care Quality

Feb 9, 2016

Learn more about how Montana provides incentives to encourage early childhood professionals to increase their early childhood core competencies.

Montana provides three financial incentives to encourage early childhood professionals to increase their early childhood core competencies:

  1. Montana’s Infant/Toddler and Preschool Professional Development Incentive Award (PDIA)
  2. Infant Toddler Continuity of Care Stipend Award
  3. Professional Development Incentive Award

The Infant/Toddler and Preschool Professional Development Incentive Awards (PDIA) encourage early childhood professionals to increase their knowledge of early childhood development and caregiving. The state does this by providing a monetary incentive to individuals who successfully complete the 60-hour Montana Infant Toddler Caregiver Course and/or the 60-hour Certified Preschool Teacher Course. The state also requires the individual currently work in a licensed facility a minimum of 15 hours per week with infants, toddlers or preschool aged children. The awards are both set at $500.

Montana also offers a Continuity of Care stipend award to individuals who complete the 60-hour Montana Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Course. This award is a total of $1,600 over a period of 18 months, provided the individual remains working in the same licensed program with infants and/or toddlers. Learn more about these awards: here.

Montana also offers alternate routes to receive a PDIA:

  1. The Professional Development Incentive Award offers 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.
  2. The Professional Development Incentive Award: Higher Ed promotes early childhood education college coursework, certificate and degree programs. There are three award opportunities – individuals may apply to this award in the Fall, Spring and Summer. You may choose from one of two tracks: $400 for the completion of 2-5 credits per semester or $1,000 for the completion of a minimum of 6 credits per semester.

Learn more about these and other financial awards on the Montana Early Childhood Project website.

In order to qualify for all awards, individuals must be currently working in a licensed facility and current on the Montana Practitioner Registry at any level.

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