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Professional Development FAQ

What is a Professional Development Incentive (PDI) and am I eligible? The Professional Development Incentive is an annual financial incentive that recognizes child care providers for their education, training and longevity in the field.  Child care providers who have a level on the Career Ladder, meet the requirements of 10 hours of Career Ladder training per year and work at least 20 hours a week in an eligible child care setting for at least one year may be eligible for the Professional Development Incentive.

When can I apply for a Professional Development Incentive (PDI)? A provider can apply for the Professional Development Incentive once a year on their anniversary date. PD Incentive applications can be received within one week prior to the anniversary date, but MUST be submitted no later than May 31st each year. A provider new to the field can apply for a PD Award after they have worked in an eligible child care program for at least one year. 

How do I find out what my Anniversary Date is and will it ever change? The Anniversary Date will always be the first of a month. For new applicants the Anniversary Date will be assigned taking into account two factors, the date the application is submitted and the provider’s hire date. The Anniversary Date will not change from year to year unless a provider leaves the field and then returns and requests a PD Incentive. Anniversary Dates can be viewed on the provider’s profile page on the Registry.

I missed my Anniversary Date, Can I still apply for a Professional Development Incentive? An eligible provider can receive one PD Incentive each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  However, all PD Award requests MUST be submitted no later than May 31st of each year.  If a provider misses this deadline, they will forfeit their award for that fiscal year. They can then request their next fiscal year award on their Anniversary Date.

If my program closes for a few weeks for vacation, does that mean that I am not eligible for an incentive?  No, as long as the program is open at some point during every month (not exceeding 4 weeks off) you are eligible for the PDI.

What do I do if I have taken more than four weeks of continuous leave?  Caregivers who take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks of leave, and are on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), are eligible for a consideration for continuous employment.  Documentation will be requested to confirm FMLA eligibility.