Funded by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Services, the Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program is for providers who work in licensed childcare facilities. The stipend program is a collaborative effort to validate the achievement and expertise of providers and serve as a symbol of professional accomplishment.
The Stipend Program is designed to:
An Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement is a certificate that practitioners can receive to recognize the specialized professional development of providers. The following Certificates of Achievement are available:
A stipend under the Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program is a stipend that is paid directly to the qualifying early care and education professional and can be spent as he/she chooses.
Yes. However, you can only receive one stipend per area of concentration (Infant/Toddler Care, Preschool Care, School-Age Care, Childhood Resiliency, Quality Child Care, Better Business in Family Child Care, Healthy Children in Child Care, Creating Effective Literacy Environments, and Cultivating Growth & Well Being).
No. You can only have one application open at a time. Once your current application has been processed, you can apply for your next Certificate and Stipend.
Yes. A participant may meet the program's educational requirements but not all the additional requirements to receive a stipend.
**If you have received a stipend for your CDA through the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care, you cannot use your CDA to qualify for the Oklahoma Registry stipend. You will only be able to qualify by using 30 clock hours of training in that specific Area of Concentration.
The application process is a multi-step process.
Step 1 - Review of personal information
Step 2 - Review of education/training to meet the Education Requirements
Step 3 - Final review. You'll receive an email to the email address associated with your okregistry.org account to let you know if you've been approved, denied or if we need additional information.
An email from firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent out quarterly to anyone not already enrolled to be paid electronically. The subject will be “State of Oklahoma Vendor Banking Registration”. This email contains the steps to set up Direct Deposit for your Stipend check. You must follow the required steps and submit the “Vendor EFT Enrollment Request Form 2016” to your bank for processing. This form is not submitted to CECPD. If you do not sign up, a paper check will be mailed to you.
*If you do not receive this email and wish to set up direct deposit, you can email us at email@example.com, and we will request firstname.lastname@example.org contact you to begin the process.
Yes, you may apply of any of the Certificates of Achievement. Each Certificate of Achievement is awarded with 30 hours of specific approved training or qualifying CDA in that specific area (Infant/Toddler or Preschool).
Note: You must work at least 30 hours a week in the classroom with children as a Teacher or 30 hours per week at the facility as Assistant Director/Director and have been doing so a full 6 months prior to your application.
Yes, as long as no more than 2 years have passed since your Certificate of Achievement was awarded and you have not been paid a stipend in this particular area in the past.
The six-month employment in a licensed facility is verified when a participant applies to the program and sends a copy of an Initial Employment Verification form and their most recent pay stub.
You must have worked a continual 6 months immediately prior to your application and be currently working in that facility at the time we review your application for approval. If you are not, you will need to work for 6 months at your new facility before re-applying.
Participants may be eligible for a $600 stipend if all criteria are met. Criteria can be found by clicking here. You can only receive one stipend per area of concentration (Infant/Toddler Care, Preschool Care, School-Age Care, Quality Child Care, Childhood Resiliency, Better Business in Family Child Care, Healthy Children in Child Care, Creating Effective Literacy Environments, and Cultivating Growth & Well Being). You can receive two stipends in a calendar year (January to December).
Yes. If a participant does not already have an OPDR account, he/she can visit www.okregistry.org to register. There is no cost to create an account.
All payments are contingent upon funding availability. Directors, teachers, and family child care practitioners who meet the requirements for the Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program will receive a stipend check four (4) to six (6) weeks after approval and submission of all necessary documents.
Yes. The stipend is income; therefore, participants on the Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program will receive an IRS-1099 form at the end of the year. For this reason, a current Individual Supplier Registration (ISR) form must be on file before a payment can be issued.
Follow the steps below so that we can process your ISR form as quickly as possible.
Mail, email or fax your completed ISR form to:CECPD Attn: Oklahoma Registry Stipend Program 1801 N. Moore Avenue Moore, OK 73160 Email: email@example.com
If leave time over 2 weeks was taken in the past 6 months, the participant will be required to make up that time before the application can be approved. It is required that the participant be employed a continual 6 months in a licensed childcare facility prior to the date of application.
The program will continue as long as funding is available.
When you have taken 30 clock hours of training in the OPDR approved Infant/Toddler, Preschool, School-Age, Childhood Resiliency, Quality Child Care, Better Business in Family Child Care, Healthy Children in Child Care Area of Concentration, Creating Effective Literacy Environment, and Cultivating Growth & Well Being you can apply. All training must appear as verified training on your OPDR account. You do not need to send copies of certificates.
A current Infant/Toddler, Preschool or FCCH CDA can only be used to meet the educational requirements for the Infant/Toddler or Preschool Area of Concentration.
No. Each individual CDA can only be counted once.
Yes. For example: If you have a current Infant/Toddler CDA and a current Preschool CDA, you would qualify for the Infant/Toddler and the Preschool Certificates of Achievement.
For more information regarding additional stipends for college coursework please contact the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care.
Yes. If you have ever been suspended from the Oklahoma Registry, you may be eligible to apply. Please see the Fraud Policy for information.
Yes, most information can be shared with your Employer. The exception to this is anything payment related. We will not share payment-related information with anyone besides the participant.