PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE
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.
To be eligible for participation in the Professional Development Incentive you must meet the following requirements:
- 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).
- Employment must be in one of the following positions:
- A licensed family child care provider who cares for at least one unrelated child.
- A licensed family group second caregiver.
- 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: