Childcare Resources introduces ‘Learn to Earn’ Incentives for Early Educators

Childcare Resources is pleased to now offer financial incentives for early educators joining the field or looking to continue their academic progress. Incentive funding is provided by the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties and goes directly to early educators upon course or degree completion.


Since 2017, Childcare Resources has helped local early childhood educators achieve their educational and professional goals through the Childcare Resources Education, Advancement, and Training for Early Educators (CREATE) program. With the one-on-one assistance of CREATE staff, educators are able to navigate coursework, scholarship applications, college registrations, and more.


“We are thrilled to partner with the Early Learning Coalition,” said CREATE facilitator Elizabeth Swann, Ph D. “These incentives make a real difference for educators working to advance their knowledge.”


CREATE incentives are offered for all educational levels, ranging from the initial forty-five-hour training required by the Department of Children and Families through a Master’s Degree. Financial incentives for successful course completion range from $150 to $300; $250 to $1,000 will be awarded for credential or degree completion.


“The incentive program gave me motivation to become someone I’ve always dreamt about becoming.,” said associate degree student Katherine Hayes. “Making the difference in the eyes of our children and being able to help teach and guide them now is my dream living in reality.”


Four women sit around a table.
(L-R) CREATE graduate Katherine Hayes, left, with fellow alumni Juanita Ayora, Phen Kennedy, and Alice Wood.