North Alabama parents and teachers grateful for increased child care premium | New


Some educators receive a large bonus.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources has doubled the amount of quarterly bonuses child care workers can receive. Now the state will pay full-time workers bonuses of $3,000 and $1,500 for part-time daycare workers.

“Anything we can do to entice other teachers to join us or help compensate those who have stood firm for our children, I’m all for it,” said Haylee Wooden, a parent.

For some families, this is a relief. Many full-time working parents rely on child care to care for their children while they are at work.

“I think child care is something people took for granted until it wasn’t readily available,” Wooden said.

Courtney Hammonds works at the Apply Tree Child Development Center. She said the center immediately took advantage of the program.

Now, Apple Tree workers will receive an even bigger bonus every three months.

It’s a relief for teachers like Hammonds, who love their job in education.

“It’s an industry where the heart definitely comes first,” Hammonds said. “You love these children, you can help these children and nurture them, you help them grow.”

The majority of Apple Tree teachers have returned to the classroom in 2022. The center is still looking to hire more, so it can care for more children.

Call Apple Tree CDC at 256-776-9957 to apply.

To claim the premium, daycares must be in good standing with DHR and have been in operation for at least one year. So far, Alabama DHR has disbursed more than 4,000 grants.

The program will end in September 2023. There are five other opportunities for child care providers to apply.


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