POWER Ohio Overview
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 their programs.
Potential recipients apply through your Ohio Professional Registry Profile. POWER Ohio is currently at capacity due to limited funding. Should additional funding become available, child care programs will be notified.
Program Eligibility Questions
Programs must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
Additional Questions for Professionals in Eligible Programs
As of July 1, 2022 there were eligibility and program changes. The wage caps were removed from eligibility. The other eligibility including role, ODJFS program and hours per week working with birth to age five children remain the same. Applying for wage supplements should occur once a level is achieved, not before. Finally, levels were added included wage supplements for Trauma Informed Care Certificate, Bachelors and Master degrees.
You qualify for the director/administrator wage supplement. Teachers who work at your family child care home qualify for the Teacher/Family Child Care Educators wage supplement.
No, once a professional receives their CDA Credential, they may apply for that level.
The CDA must remain active during the time when wage supplements are paid. It is the professional’s responsibility to renew the CDA or Level Up in POWER Ohio to continue payments.
Yes, all courses to obtain degrees count toward the wage supplement. Please note that there are total and ECE credit hour requirements for the various levels.
POWER Ohio FAQs
Programs licensed by ODJFS.
The “POWER” in POWER Ohio stands for Powering Optimal Wages and Encouraging Retention. This investment in professionals that have completed a level and stay with their current employer (per the program license number in the professional’s application) helps programs in meeting the education requirements for Step Up To Quality (SUTQ).
Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received for all eligible professionals. OCCRRA will continue to accept professionals for POWER Ohio until funds have been exhausted. A waitlist will be instituted if funding is exceeded.
A wage supplement is additional monies issued to the professional to increase their current wages. Tied to educational achievements, payments are based upon the professional’s role, education and retention milestones with their current employer (per the program license number in the professional’s application).
Applying is simple. Log into the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) and review your employment and account information in your profile to make sure it is up-to-date. Then click on applications and select the POWER Ohio application. Upload your wage documentation and click submit.
POWER Ohio wage supplements are based on staying at your current program for the retention requirements. The current program is defined by the program license number that a professional has in the application. If a professional’s employment changes license numbers, the wage supplements will not continue.