INVESTING IN EARLY EDUCATORS
The Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program is funded by the California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division (CDE/EESD) and developed by the County of Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee.Fact Sheet
Applications for Cycle 20 Now Available!
The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education is transitioning to the Department of Public Health effective July 1, 2018. With the transition will be a move to new offices and new contact information. Keep visiting this site for the release of the applications and instructions for submitting your applications or call (213) 639-6400.
Links to the Cycle 20 applications with instructions will be posted on this once they become available and will include:
Cycle 19 Stipends Awarded
The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education and the Child Care Planning Committee commend the 1,536 participants in Cycle 18 of the Investing in Early Educators Program for completing coursework towards a degree in child development.
The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education has instituted an appeals process for applicants who believe that they were disqualified from the Stipend Program in error or, if upon receiving their stipend, believe that there is an error in payment. Disqualified applicants may submit a letter of appeal in writing.
For letters of appeal regarding incorrect payment:
- Do not cash or deposit the check
- Hold the check until the matter is resolved.
An appeal is not the time to submit new information or supporting documents that were not included with the application or verification forms by the respective due dates. Rather, it is an opportunity to prove that the application or verification was complete, included the required supporting documents, was submitted by the due date, and the applicant met the eligibility criteria based on their original application.
The letter of appeal must include the following information:
- Date the appeal letter is written
- Applicant’s full name and social security number (SSN) as written on the application
- Reference to the reason for disqualification as written in the letter received from the Office of Child Care
- A brief description of why the applicant thinks the decision to disqualify the application is incorrect
- A telephone number for contacting the applicant, as needed
- A copy of the application and supporting documents as submitted by the due date
- A copy of the receipt provided when the application was submitted in person or a copy of the certified mail receipt
Applicants should make a copy of the letter of appeal and supporting documents for your records. The schedule for submitting letters of appeal are listed in the Schedule for Stipend Program.
Appeal Letter Submission
Letters of appeal with supporting documents are to be submitted by U.S. Mail to:
Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program – Cycle (add of current cycle)
Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health
600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90005
The Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education management team reviews appeals, including review of the original application. Decisions to grant or not grant the appeal, based on whether the applicant met the application requirements and deadlines, are made within two (2) weeks of receipt of the letter of appeal. The applicant will be notified of the decision by U.S. mail. ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
Name and Address Change Forms
Stipend Program participants must notify the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education if there has been a change in your name and/or address by submitting certain documents as follows:
Name Change Forms
Complete and submit a copy of the W-9 Form, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification available for download from the Internal Revenue Service website.
*** Print “Name Change” in the upper right hand corner of the W-9 Form
- Address change: Complete and submit the following forms:
*** Print “Address Change” in the upper right hand corner of the W-9 Form
You may also request that the forms be sent to you by calling (213) 639-6202.
The forms may be sent to the Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program by fax to (213) 427-6160. Faxes are accepted only during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To protect your security, please notify the Stipend Program staff at (213) 639-6400 to let them know that you are sending the document by fax.