The Educational Incentive Program (EIP)
- The Educational Incentive Program is a scholarship program that helps child care providers pay for the training and education they need to provide quality care to children.
- To be eligible, child care providers must be currently caring for children in a facility regulated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) or the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
- Directors and teaching staff who do not hold NYS teaching certificates may also be eligible for EIP.
- EIP provides scholarship money to child care providers who participate in university or college undergraduate coursework, workshops, conferences, and other kinds of training.
- Not all training programs and colleges accept EIP - contact individual program for specific information.
- The EIP also offers scholarships for the Individualized Training Program (ITP), Get More Information
You can apply if you are:
- A registered family child care provider currently caring for children.
- A licensed group family child care provider or assistant currently caring for children.
- A director or child care classroom staff person currently caring for children in a registered school-age program.
- A director or child care classroom staff person currently caring for children in a licensed child care or Head Start center.(In New York City, staff who hold a permanent or professional New York State teaching certificate are not eligible)
- A director or child care classroom staff person employed by the NYS Unified Court System.
- A direct supervisor of any of the above child care staff.
Eligibility is based on your:
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- All calls are forwarded to a voice mail system. Calls are returned in the order in which they are received, within 24 hours of retrieving the message. When you call, be prepared to leave your name, clearly spelling your last name, and your phone number, including your area code.
- You must be a US citizen, Permanent Resident, or Resident Alien authorized to work in the US and you must be currently caring for children as part of the adult/child ratio requirement in a program licensed or registered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or the New York City Department of Health.
- Documentation of employment status is required with each application.
- Nannies, adjunct child care staff, consultants and staff not involved in the adult/child ratio are not eligible for a scholarship.