Education Awards, Enhanced Rate, & Scholarships

Education Awards

Education Awards are payments that reward childhood care and education professionals for educational achievements and encourage continued training and education. When you apply for a Step 3 through 12 on the Oregon Registry, you may be eligible for an Education Award. Be sure to complete the “Education Award Eligibility Supplement Form” in the Oregon Registry Step Application.

To be eligible for an Education Award, you must be working in an Office of Child Care (OCC) licensed facility or you must be a Department of Human Services (DHS) active provider.

Award amounts are based on the professional development Milestone you achieve. There are three Milestones:

  • Milestone 1: $100 for Steps 3 - 6
  • Milestone 2: $150 for Steps 7 - 8.5
  • Milestone 3: $200 for Steps 9 - 12

You may receive only one Education Award per Milestone and only one award per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Education Awards take approximately 45 business days to process, in addition to the Step application process.

Funding for these awards initially came from the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and continues thanks to support from the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon’s Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

Enhanced Rate Program

The Department of Human Services helps eligible parents pay for child care. Childhood care and education professionals who care for their children can receive a higher rate of pay by meeting certain training standards. The Enhanced Rate Program certifies providers who meet these standards.

Apply using the Enhanced Rate Program Application.

For training or DHS Listing help, please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral. To find a Child Care Resource and Referral near you, visit or call 800-342-6712.

For help with rates and payments, please contact the DHS Direct Pay Unit at 800-699-9074.

Oregon’s Department of Human Services funds the Enhanced Rate Program.

Oregon’s Family Child Care Scholarship Program

Oregon’s Family Child Care Scholarship Program supports professional development for Oregon’s Registered Family and Certified Family Child Care Providers. If you are the Provider named on an Oregon Registered Family or Certified Family Child Care license, you may be eligible for scholarships to help pay for the following professional development opportunities:

  • College Coursework
  • Training
  • Conference
  • Credential, Endorsement, Accreditation

Apply using the OFCC Scholarship Application.

The 2017-19 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Oregon and AFSCME/Oregon Child Care Providers Together provides for the funding of this scholarship program.

Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship Program

The Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship Program supports the growth of quality child care in Oregon by providing financial support for training and education for childhood care and education professionals working in Oregon family child care, center child care, Head Start, and before/after school programs.

To be eligible for scholarship support, you must:

  • Be at an Oregon Registry Step 1 or above. If you do not already have a Step, you will receive an automatic evaluation for a Step 1 or 2 when you apply for the Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship.
  • Work directly with children at least 20 hours a week in an Oregon Office of Child Care licensed (Certified or Registered) child care facility.
  • Identify specific professional or training goals which align with the scholarship program goals.

Scholarship awards are based on Oregon Registry Step.

At Step 1-8.5, you may apply for:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Cohort training registration fees
  • Oregon Community College tuition
  • Oregon Community College Transcription
  • CDA Credential application fee

At Step 1-12, you may apply for:

  • Degree Translation/Evaluation
  • Oregon Registry Credential application fee
  • Oregon Registry Credential Observation reimbursement

At Step 9-12, you may apply for:

  • Advanced Cohort training registration fees

Apply using the Betty Gray Scholarship Program Application.

The Oregon Community Foundation's Betty Gray Early Childhood Development Endowment Fund provides funding for the Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship Program.

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