From the Governor's Office
ATLANTA, Ga., (March 15, 2010) – Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has extended the eligibility period for the FIRST (First-time Incentive to Raise Standards for Teachers) Program.
The program, unveiled in October 2009, rewards professionals working in early child care and education (ECE) for earning their first ECE credential. ECE professionals who receive their first credential between September 1, 2009 and July 1, 2011 may be eligible to receive $1200. The previous deadline was February 28, 2011.
The FIRST Program is being funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
To date, more than 700 ECE professionals in Georgia have pre-qualified for this innovative program.
To be eligible, participants must:
Care Solutions, Inc. manages the FIRST Program. For additional details, visit www.caresolutions.com or call 800-227-3410 for individualized counseling.