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 were 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.

How can Participation Bonus funds be used? 

Participation Bonus funds should be used to support increasing program quality, based on the individual goals and needs of each program. For assistance determining areas for program quality improvement, please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center by calling 1-877-614-7328.


How long will the Participation Bonus be available?

Participation Bonuses were available as a one-time bonus for eligible programs and providers, until set-aside funds for this activity were depleted. 


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.