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DC Leading Educators toward Advanced Degrees (DC LEAD) Incentive Program Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Early Learning (DEL) awarded Southeast Children’s Fund (SCF) the DC LEAD program grant. This three-year grant aims to provide the current workforce with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to work with DC’s youngest learners and increase the number of high-quality early childhood professionals in the District. The program will provide ongoing, comprehensive support to the current early care and education (ECE) workforce that promotes professional development, staff retention and an expanding career in ECE.

The DC LEAD Incentive Program is a platform that assists in retaining and motivating scholars to move through their degree program and receive the degree they seek.

The DC LEAD program will provide a digital and hardcopy Incentive application for interested candidates that can be found on Southeast Children’s Fund website at sechildrensfund.org. The application notice will be distributed to early childhood organizations, providers, groups and partnering Institutes of Higher Education.

A total of one thousand child care educators are eligible to receive the incentive.

No, there will be two types of incentives: five-hundred incentives will be disbursed on a bi-annual basis, and the other incentives will be disbursed quarterly. The specific type of incentive that a participant receives is entirely random and cannot alter. Each participant will receive a total incentive of up to $3,000 by the end of the stipend year.

Yes, taxes will be taken out of each installment of the incentive.

Yes, PKEEP teachers and assistant teachers are eligible for the incentive program.

Yes, OSSE licensed Montessori teachers are eligible for the incentive program.

The following are not eligible:

  1. Out of School Time program Group Leaders and Assistants
  2. Aides and Substitutes
  3. Teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools

Once eligible and approved, candidates, will receive correspondence from DC LEAD staff between one to two weeks that outline when and how they will receive their incentive.

Applicants will receive a confirmation letter via email and mail.

If you have questions about the DC LEAD Incentive program, please email dclead@sechildrensfund.org.