Professional Development Incentives

Career Ladder and UAN Professional Development Inventives

Below is information on the Career Ladder PDI. Information on the Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) PD Incentive can be found on their website.

The Career Ladder 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. Find out more in the Professional Development Brochure.

Career Ladder PDI Application

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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.

Incentive System

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.

Level 1 Levels 2-3 Level 4 Levels 5-8 Level 9 Level 10 Level 11 Level 12
$100 $200 per level $300 $400 per level $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000
Health, Safety, Basic Child Development Areas of Child Development CDA OR Approved Demonstrated Competency Specialty Topics in Early Childhood and Youth Care Associate Degree* Bachelor's Degree* Master's Degree* Doctorate Degree*
These are the Professional development incentives. For Levels 9-12, the*degree must be in a related field

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.

Professional Development Cost Sharing Incentives

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Child Care (OCC) is not accepting new or recertification applications for the Child Care Quality System (CCQS). The application window for recertification will be re-opened starting June 2021.
  • The Interim Professional Development (PD) Cost Sharing Program will allow OCC to continue to share professional development cost with eligible programs who meet annual Career Ladder approved training hours goals while programs are not receiving new CCQS certified quality ratings.
  • Cost sharing amounts can be found on the applications below.

For Licensed Child Care programs, 20% of caregivers must have completed at least 20 hours of Career Ladder approved training in the 12 months prior to the application date.

Application for Centers

For Licensed Family Child care programs, the primary caregiver must have completed at least 20 hours of Career Ladder approved training in the 12 months prior to the application date.

Application for Family Child Care

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