Professional Development Incentive Award
(formerly known as Merit Pay) "PDIA"
Standard and Higher Ed PDIA
There are two options for Professional Development Incentive Awards (PDIAs) through the Early Childhood Project. These were previously called Merit Pay Awards. Both now require a current certificate with The MT Practitioner Registry to apply. The awards are designed to improve the quality of early care and education for young children and their families through ongoing early childhood training and education.
The Professional Development Incentive Award – Higher Ed (formerly Higher Education Merit Pay) promotes early childhood education college coursework and certificate and degree attainment. There are two award options, $250 for the completion of 2-5 credits and $750 for the completion of a minimum of 6 credits. Applicants are awarded on a priority basis if funding is limited.
The Professional Development Incentive Award (formerly Merit Pay I) supports high quality intentional, informal education and training (not for college credit). There are two tracks available to choose from, 25 hours of training for the award of $200 and 50 hours of training for the award of $400. Applicants are awarded on a priority basis if funding is limited.
All training must be approved by the Montana Training Approval System or through approved college coursework.
For more information on the standard PDIA and Higher Ed PDIA, please contact the Early Childhood Project at:
Infant/Toddler and Preschool PDIA
Individuals that complete the 60-hour Montana Infant Toddler Caregiver Course or the 60-hour Montana Preschool Caregiver Course are eligible for a $500 PDIA award. Individuals must be working a minimum of 15 hours per week in a Montana licensed child care facility.
All training must be approved by the Montana Training Approval System.
For more information on the Infant/Toddler and Preschool PDIA, please contact the Best Beginnings Program Specialist at:
P.O. Box 822
Choteau, MT 59422