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 one full year
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