Great START (Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers) is a wage supplement program that acknowledges child care practitioners who have completed college coursework, and stay at their current place of employment. Great START recipients are sent a check every six months (based on continued eligibility) to supplement their income.
Who is eligible?
Consider applying for the Great START program if all of the following apply to you:
Care for Illinois children
Employed by an eligible program
Work in an eligible position
Have been employed by the same program for a required minimum amount of time
Work an average of at least 15 hours per week
Earn $18.00 per hour or less and $37,440.00 per year or less