Center for Early Childhood Professional Development

Reflecting Oklahoma's commitment to high quality early care and education by providing professional development that produces results!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Achievement Stipend Program?

This is a voluntary program funded by Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Services. This stipend program is for providers that work in infant/toddler classrooms in DHS licensed child care facilities.

The stipend program is a collaborative effort to validate the achievement and expertise of practitioners and serve as a symbol of professional accomplishment. The stipend program is designed to:

  • recognize and reward the specialized professional development achievement of providers working directly with infants and toddlers
  • encourage teachers in infant/toddler classrooms to obtain additional professional development specific to infant and toddler care and education
  • increase positive outcomes experienced by infants and toddlers

What is an Infant/Toddler Certificate of Achievement?

The Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Certificate of Achievement is a certificate that practitioners can receive to recognize the specialized training/credential of providers working directly with infants and toddlers.


What is a stipend?

A stipend under the Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Achievement Stipend Program is a one-time stipend that is paid directly to the qualifying infant/toddler early care and education professional and can be spent as he/she chooses.


Is it possible to receive a Certificate of Achievement and not be approved for the stipend?

Yes. A participant may meet the educational requirements of the program but not meet all the additional requirements to receive a stipend.


How is the six-month employment verified?

The six-month employment in an infant/toddler classroom is verified when a participant applies to the program and the initial employment verification is completed by the owner, director or person authorized to provide employment verification.


What happens if I leave my facility before my application has been approved?

You must have worked a continual 6 months immediately prior to your application and be currently working in the infant, toddler, or twos classroom at the time we review your application for approval. If you are not, you will need to work 6 months at your new facility before you can re-apply.


 What type of financial reward can infant/toddler early care and education professionals receive?

Participants may be eligible for a $600 stipend if all criteria are met. Criteria can be found by clicking here.


 Is an Active account on the Oklahoma Professional Development Registry (OPDR) required to participate in the stipend program?

Yes. If a participant does not already have an OPDR account, he/she can visit to register. There is no cost to create an account.


How does a director qualify for the stipend?

The director must work in a program licensed for 30 or less. They must also be a teacher in the infant/toddler classroom a minimum 30 hours per week.


How are stipends received?

All payments are contingent upon funding availability. Directors, teachers, and family child care practitioners who meet the requirements for Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Achievement Stipend Program will receive a stipend check four (4) to six (6) weeks after approval and submission of all necessary documents.


How long will it take to receive the stipend?

After an approval letter has been mailed, and all necessary documents have been received by the Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Achievement Stipend Program, it can take up to 6 weeks for the stipend to be mailed.


Are infant/toddler early care and education professionals required to pay taxes on his/her salary supplements?

Yes. The stipend is income; therefore, participants on the Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Achievement program will receive an IRS-1099 form at the end of the year. For this reason, a current W-9 must be on file before a payment can be issued.


How do I fill out a W-9 form?

Follow the steps below so that we can process your W-9 form as quickly as possible

  • Box 1 - write your name exactly as shown on your last income tax return. 
  • Box 2 - Leave this box BLANK. unless you have changed your name since the last time you filed your income taxes.
  • Box 3 - Check the box next to Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC because you receive the stipend as an individual.
  • Box 4 - Leave this box BLANK. This applies to businesses and not individuals.
  • Box 5 & 6 - Write your address in these boxes.
  • Box 7 - Leave this box BLANK.
  • Part I - You must enter your social security number. We cannot accept the EIN number since you are receiving the stipend as an individual.
  • Part II - Sign and date the W-9 form.

Mail or fax your completed W-9 form to:

Attn: Stipend Program
1801 N. Moore Avenue
Moore, OK 73160

Fax: 405-799-7634


What if the infant/toddler early care and education professional has taken leave time in the past 6 months?

If leave time over 2-weeks was taken in the past 6-months, the participant will be required to make up that time before the application can be approved. It is required that the participant be employed a continual 6-months in an infant/toddler classroom prior to the date of application.


How long will this stipend program be available?

The program will continue as long as funding is available.


How long do I have to complete my training?

You can take as long as you need. Once you have taken 40 hours of Infant/Toddler training (see approved list), you can submit an application for the stipend program. If you have a current Infant/Toddler CDA, you will meet the education requirement.





1801 N. Moore Avenue, Moore, OK 73160
Toll Free: 888-446-7608 or 405-799-6383
FAX: 405-799-7634