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New York's Educational Incentive Program

Feb 9, 2016

The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program which helps providers pay for training and educational activities with the intent to build provider knowledge, skills and competencies and improve the quality of childcare.

To be eligible for EIP, child care providers must be required to take training and must be caring for children in a program regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH).

Eligibility is based upon the:

  1. Household income;
  2. Employment status; and
  3. Educational activities.

EIP scholarships fund college tuition and mandatory college fees. Training or coursework must clearly reflect one or more of the subject areas that are required by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. EIP scholarships can also fund assessment fees associated with certain credential or certificate programs. EIP can cover CDA credentialing activities along with college credit, non-credit bearing courses and non-credit bearing credential training.

For 2016: The maximum award amount for college courses is $2,000 for both Upstate and Downstate providers

Learn more about the New York’s Educational Incentive Program at https://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/eip.shtm

Updated February 2016

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