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:
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.
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.
Yes. A participant may meet the educational requirements of the program but not meet all the additional requirements to receive a stipend.
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.
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.
Participants may be eligible for a $600 stipend if all criteria are met. Criteria can be found by clicking here.
Yes. If a participant does not already have an OPDR account, he/she can visit www.okregistry.org to register. There is no cost to create an account.
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.
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.
Once an approval letter is received by the participant, it can take up to 6 weeks for the stipend to be mailed.
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.
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.
The program will continue as long as funding is available.
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.