Benefits for Providers and Educators

What was an Early Learning Award?

The Early Learning Award was an incentive opportunity for child care providers, funded by the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. The awards supported purposeful efforts to increase quality and ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high-quality early learning and development programs, a top priority of Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.


Impacts of Early Learning Awards

All eligible programs and providers who applied for the Early Learning Award received funding to support quality improvement, high-quality environments, and high-quality practices.  A total amount of just over $5,406,000 in Early Learning Awards was distributed to 2,142 programs and providers in Michigan.  Of this total amount, a little over $149,000 was spent towards early childhood Screening, Assessment, and/or Curriculum.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my child care program closes after I received or purchased materials and equipment from one of these opportunities?

If your child care program closes, please call your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center at 1-877-614-7328 to make appropriate accommodations for donating the award materials to another child care program in Michigan.


Will the Early Childhood Investment Corporation provide tax documentation to providers who received an Early Learning Award, Quality Improvement Grant, and/or Participation Bonus?

Providers awarded an incentive will not receive a 1099 or any other type of tax documentation from ECIC as it is unnecessary due to the nature of the funding.  Please note, it is recommended that awardees keep their own documentation of the award(s) they received from ECIC.  For further support, it is recommended that providers consult their tax advisor or preparer.


Who can I contact for support with faulty or broken items that I received as part of my Early Learning Award or Quality Improvement Grant?

Please contact the Kaplan Early Learning Company at 1-800-334-2014 to resolve any issues related to the items you received as part of your Early Learning Award. 


Why did I receive a letter from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation with a total awarded amount from 2018?

The purpose of the letter received regarding your Great Start to Quality award amount is to help meet Federal grant requirements.  There is nothing specific that you need to do with this letter and will likely be kept simply as records for your child care program.  You may also choose to provide this to your tax preparer.  




Early Learning Awards and all related materials were made available through a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.