Benefits for Providers and Educators

What is a Participation Bonus?

The Participation Bonus is a $500 incentive that rewards child care providers for receiving a Great Start to Quality published rating.  Participation Bonuses are made possible through Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant.  The goal of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant is to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high quality early learning and care programs.

What is the Current Status of Funding? 

The Race to The Top-Early Learning Challenge is a term-limited federally funded initiative.  The funds made available by the RTT-ELC grant, allocated to Participation Bonuses, have been depleted.


Are you eligable for a Participation Bonus?

We are currently in the process of re-determining eligibility, should funding become available in the future.


When Can I Apply? 

Should funding for the Participation Bonus become available in the future, dates and criteria will be shared.


Participation bonuses and all related materials are made available through a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.