Workforce Development

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce is important to OCCRRA’s mission.  We do this by providing scholarships that promote education, compensation and retention of early childhood professionals.  Opportunities include TEACH Early Childhood® OHIO and POWER Ohio Wage Supplements and other workforce development scholarships.

POWER Ohio was created by a subcommittee of state agencies and early childhood stakeholders.  POWER is an acronym for Powering Optimal Wages and Encouraging Retention.  The program purpose is to provide additional funds to professionals and increase these trained professionals’ retention in programs.

Click HERE for more information about program eligibility and benefits.  Click link for POWER Ohio Frequently Asked Questions FAQs.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO is a compensation and retention program for Child Care professionals. Active in 23 states, T.E.A.C.H is designed to address education, compensation and turnover issues that affect the early childhood field. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses.

Professionals and programs participate in T.E.A.C.H. OHIO by partnering in the professional's goal, fiscal responsibility, and retention. The Program commits to provide higher pay each year to their employees that earn credentials or college credit toward early childhood education degrees. Professionals commit to stay working at their programs while in school and for a period of time afterward.