Center for Early Childhood Professional Development

Reflecting Oklahoma's commitment to high quality early care and education by providing professional development that produces results!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Oklahoma Registry Certificate of Achievement and Stipend Program?

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 DHS licensed child care 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:

  • recognize and reward the specialized professional development achievement of providers
  • encourage teachers and directors to obtain additional focused formal professional development to improve the quality of care for children, and
  • increase positive outcomes experienced by children.

What is a Certificate of Achievement?

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 as of July 2019:

  • Oklahoma Right Start Infant/Toddler Certificate of Achievement
  • Oklahoma Registry Preschool Certificate of Achievement
  • Oklahoma Registry School-Age Certificate of Achievement

 

What is a stipend?

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.

 

Can I get a stipend for all 3 areas of concentration?

Yes. However, you can only receive one stipend per area of concentration (Infant/Toddler Care, Preschool Care, School-Age Care) and you must wait one year 
after we issue a stipend to apply for another one.

 

Is it possible to receive a Certificate of Achievement and not be approved for the stipend?

Yes. A participant may meet the educational requirements of the program but not meet 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 the OPDR approved Infant/Toddler, Preschool or School-Age Area of Concentration.

 

Can I apply for a stipend after I received the Certificate of Achievement?

Yes, as long as no more than 2 years has passed since your Certificate of Achievement was awarded.

 

How is the six-month employment verified?

The six-month employment in a licensed facility is verified when a participant applies to the program and the initial employment verification is completed by the owner, director or person authorized to provide employment verification.

 

What happens if I leave my facility before my application has been approved?

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 6 months at your new facility before you can re-apply.

 

 What type of financial reward can early care and education professionals receive?

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) and you must wait on year after receiving a stipend to apply for another one.

 

Is an Active account on the Oklahoma Professional Development Registry (OPDR) required to participate in the stipend program?

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.

 

How are stipends received?

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.

 

Am I required to pay taxes on my salary supplements?

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 W-9 must be on file before a payment can be issued.

 

How do I fill out a W-9 form?

Follow the steps below so that we can process your W-9 form as quickly as possible

  • Box 1 - write your name exactly as shown on your last income tax return. 
  • Box 2 - Leave this box BLANK. unless you have changed your name since the last time you filed your income taxes.
  • Box 3 - Check the box next to Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC because you receive the stipend as an individual.
  • Box 4 - Leave this box BLANK. This applies to businesses and not individuals.
  • Box 5 & 6 - Write your address in these boxes.
  • Box 7 - Leave this box BLANK.
  • Part I - You must enter your social security number. We cannot accept the EIN number since you are receiving the stipend as an individual.
  • Part II - Sign and date the W-9 form.

Mail or fax your completed W-9 form to:

CECPD
Attn: Stipend Program
1801 N. Moore Avenue
Moore, OK 73160

Fax: 405-799-7634
 

What if I have taken leave time in the past 6 months (this includes time off for summer break)?

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 child care facility prior to the date of application.

 

How long will this stipend program be available?

The program will continue as long as funding is available.

 

Did you know that the number of training hours required has temporarily been reduced from 40 hours to 30 hours through June 30, 2020?

 

How long do I have to complete my training for a Certificate of Achievement?

When you have taken 30 clock hours of training in the OPDR approved Infant/Toddler, Preschool or School-Age Area of Concentration, you can submit an application. If you have a current Infant/Toddler or Preschool CDA, you will meet the education requirement. All training must appear as verified training on your OPDR account. You do not need to send copies of certificates. 

The first time you apply for a Certificate of Achievement using training hours, we will look for 30 hours of approved training courses in the past 5 years from your application received date. If you apply for a second type of Certificate of Achievement, we will look for 30 hours of approved training courses taken after the issue date of your most recent Certificate of Achievement. 

 

 

Can I use my CDA Credential for more than one stipend?

No. Each individual CDA can only be counted once.

 

I have two different CDA Credentials. Can I use each one to meet requirements for 2 different Certificates of Achievement?

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 Achievment.

 

How far back do you look for training to count?

The first time you apply for a Certificate of Achievement using training hours, we will look for 30 hours of approved training courses in the past 5 years from your application received date. If you apply for a second type of Certificate of Achievement, we will look for 30 hours of approved training courses taken after the issue date of your most recent Certificate of Achievement. 

 

Where can I find approved training?

Click here for a  list of approved trainings for each Certificate of Achievement. Approved training can be found on the Oklahoma Statewide Training Calendar at www.okregistry.org

 

Are there stipends available for college coursework?

For more information regarding additional stipends for college coursework please contact the  Scholars for Excellence in Child Care.

 

Can I qualify for the stipend if I was suspended from the Oklahoma Registry in the past?

No. If you have ever been suspended from the Oklahoma Registry, you will not be eligible to receive a stipend. Please see the Fraud Policy for information.

 

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1801 N. Moore Avenue, Moore, OK 73160
Toll Free: 888-446-7608 or 405-799-6383
FAX: 405-799-7634
Email: cecpd@ou.edu