Effective January 1, 2011, payments for SCHOLARSHIPS and INCENTIVES can only be issued after an early care and education recipient completes and signs the Affidavit Verifiying Status document before notary. Georgia law (O.C.G.A. Section 50-36-11) mandates state agencies to verify the legal status of any person ages 18 years or older who applies for public benefits. Therefore, every applicant must execute a signed and sworn affidavit verifying his or her lawful presence in the United States. For more information call 770.642.6722 / 800.227.3410.
The INCENTIVES Program is a Georgia salary supplement program that rewards early care and education professionals for their educational attainment and for their tenure to the same child care cent program for 12 consecutive months. Applicants, who meet all program eligibility requirements, may receive two equal payments over a 12-month period, ranging from $250 to $1,250 annually depending on the level of education achieved.
Georgia early child care practitioners who have completed a preparation course and earned their 120 clock hours from a HOPE-eligible, SACS-accredited institution with an early childhood education program of study or any CDA course approved through the Georgia ECE Training Approval System are eligible to apply for a $425.00 CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship. Bright from the Start will pay $400 of the $425 to the Council on behalf of approved SCHOLARSHIPS applicants. CDA candidates approved by SCHOLARSHIPS will only have to pay $25.00. The $25.00 will be reimbursed to them if and when they present their CDA credential to the SCHOLARSHIPS program and continue to meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, they can earn a $100 support stipend if they present an updated Professional Development Registry Profile reflecting the award date of their CDA credential, an "Active" Status and Career Level "4" to the SCHOLARSHIPS program (instructions attached).