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 programs.
Recipients can select one of two paths: attaining an initial CDA or an Associate Degree in a related field.
Apply today through your Ohio Professional Registry Profile.
Program Eligibility Questions
Eligibility is verified at the point of application. As the goal of the program is to have programs rated by 2020, a professional with an approved application can receive the remaining payments related to a CDA or to an Associate’s Degree, as long as they meet the education and employment requirements.
Yes, you are eligible as long as the program is licensed and if at least one child in the program receives PFCC at the time you submit your POWER Ohio application.
Additional Questions for Professionals in Eligible Programs
Yes, completion of the course with a passing grade is required so any class you are taking when you register for POWER Ohio will be included in the accumulation. Classes completed after registration count in the accumulation.
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.
You should apply for POWER Ohio at the point you start your CDA commitment.
If you have not completed 120 hours toward your CDA, then at the time of completion of 120 hours you are eligible for a wage supplement. If you have already completed 120 hours in the CDA program, you are eligible for the wage supplement at the time of completion of your CDA.
No, retention payments are intended to support professionals who earn their CDA or accepted Associate’s Degree while working at their current program to encourage them to remain at their current program.
Unfortunately, you are not eligible for POWER Ohio wage supplements. The POWER Ohio wage supplements are for those professionals who are beginning or continuing their education for a CDA or an Associate’s Degree.
At this time, POWER Ohio is for initial CDA Credentials only.
Yes, all courses to obtain one of the accepted Associate’s Degrees count toward the wage supplement.
POWER Ohio FAQs
Programs already SUTQ rated are eligible for POWER Ohio if at least 50% of the children in the program receive publicly funded child care (PFCC). Programs which are licensed but not yet SUTQ rated are eligible for POWER Ohio if at least one child in the program receives PFCC.
The “POWER” in POWER Ohio stands for Powering Optimal Wages and Encouraging Retention. This investment in professionals while they are furthering their education 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.
A wage supplement is additional monies issued to the professional to increase their current wages while the professional is furthering their education. Tied to educational achievements, payments are based upon the professional’s role, education and retention milestones.
Applying is simple. Log into the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) https://registry.occrra.org/ 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.