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Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund

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The application for the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund closed at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2022. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and AidKit are currently working to review applications and disburse supplemental payments to eligible early childhood educators. Due to the large volume of applications received for the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund, some applications may still be under review after Sept. 30, 2022. This will not affect an applicant’s eligibility for funding if review determines the applicant meets eligibility requirements to receive a supplemental payment. AidKit will continue to keep applicants informed of the status of their application via email and text message.

Early childhood educators who have questions about their application should email [email protected] or call (202) 831-9298 for support.

About the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund

Background

The Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force Temporary Amendment Act authorized OSSE to disburse pay equity funds to support pay parity for early childhood educators in accordance with the recommendations of the Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force.

In February 2022, the Task Force recommended that OSSE partner with an intermediary organization to distribute one-time pay supplements to eligible early childhood educators in fiscal year 2022 (FY22), while developing a longer-term system that will distribute funds to child development facilities that enter into an agreement with OSSE to pay eligible early childhood educators wages that reflect the recommendations of the Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force. In April 2022, the Task Force published a final report that provided additional recommendations regarding minimum compensation levels for early educators based on roles and credentials. The Task Force’s recommendations were incorporated by the DC Council in the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Support Act of 2022, DC Act 24-470. OSSE is implementing the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund in compliance with this legislation and the spirit of the Task Force’s recommendations.

FY 2022

In May 2022, OSSE announced it selected AidKit, a social impact company specializing in administering efficient and secure direct cash aid programs at scale, to administer the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund. As the administrator, AidKit is delivering funds to eligible early educators and providing technical assistance. The amount an educator receives through the fund will depend on their position but will, in most cases, be between $10,000 and $14,000.

The application for eligible early childhood educators to request funds opened on Aug. 15, 2022 and closed at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20. OSSE and AidKit are currently working to review applications and disburse supplemental payments to eligible early childhood educators for FY22.

FY22 Resources

FY23 and Beyond

In June 2022, the DC Council passed legislation that authorizes OSSE to continue distribution of direct payments to eligible early childhood educators in FY23. Given this legislation and the funds appropriated in the FY23 budget, early childhood educators who receive pay equity funds in FY22 and remain employed in an eligible role in a child development facility licensed by OSSE can expect to receive further payments between October 2022 and September 2023. Information on eligibility, payment amounts and the distribution schedule for FY23 can be found here.

FY23 Resources

FY24 and Beyond

Starting in FY24 (October 2023), OSSE will shift to distributing funds to child development facilities; facilities that accept funds will be required to pay eligible early childhood educators wages that reflect the recommendations of the Early Childhood Educator Equitable Compensation Task Force. More information about these salaries and requirements for providers and eligible staff will be available in spring 2023. OSSE will continue to engage early childhood stakeholders in the coming months to inform the design, implementation and launch of the program for FY24 and beyond.