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The Professional Development Incentive (PDI)  encourages progression along Utah's Career Ladder by offering financial incentives to eligible youth and early learning professionals as they achieve professional development milestones.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for participation in the Professional Development Incentive you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Currently and continuously employed for at least 12 months and 20 hours per week with one or more unrelated children ages 0-12 in an eligible program and be at least 18 years of age. An eligible program is defined as a Utah state licensed child care program that provides child care, in lieu of parental care, to support working parents. The child care program must be open full day (6+ hours), full week (5 days) and year round (12 months).
  2. Employment must be in one of the following positions:
    1. A licensed family child care provider who cares for at least one unrelated child.
    2. A licensed family group second caregiver.
    3. A licensed child care center teacher, caregiver, director, or owner.

Professional Development Incentive System at a Glance

Professional development incentives will only be awarded to eligible participants at the successful completion of a Career Ladder level. Only one incentive may be awarded for each level.

Please note: participants who have previously earned an incentive at a specific level will not receive another incentive until the completion of a higher level. (For example, if a participant has previously earned a Level 8 and received an incentive for Level 8, they will not be eligible for another incentive until completion of a Level 9 or higher.) Participants at the highest level on the Career Ladder will not be eligible for further incentives.

The professional development incentive system structure is:

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