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Onboarding Stipends for New Hires

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  • Time period: April 2021-April 2022
  • Eligibility: CCDF-eligible programs
  • Description: To support programs in hiring new team members and cover recruitment and onboarding costs, the state will issue $400 stipends to child care programs for each new hire.

  • Who is eligible for new hire onboarding stipends?

    Providers must be eligible to receive CCDF and be a licensed center, family child care home, unlicensed registered ministry, or legally licensed-exempt provider. Schools (public or private) and Head Start/Early Head Start grantees in the state of Indiana are not eligible.

  • I am CCDF eligible but not currently serving children with active vouchers. Am I eligible to receive onboarding stipends for my program's new hires?

    Yes. If you haven’t provided your program’s banking information to the state, you will need to do so to receive payment.

  • Do programs have to apply to receive new hire stipends?

    No, once the new hire has been qualified to work in your program, the stipend will be paid automatically.

  • How will programs receive onboarding stipends for new hires?

    Once a new hire has been qualified to work in your program, a $400 stipend will be issued to the program through the next bi-weekly CCDF payment. Stipends may be used to cover costs associated with recruitment, employee health and safety requirements, and mandatory job training. One stipend will be issued per worker.

  • How much will programs receive per new hire?

    Programs will receive $400 per new hire.

  • What can stipends be used for?

    Stipends may be used to cover costs associated with recruitment, employee health and safety requirements, and mandatory job training

  • Can programs use their stipends for one-time hiring bonuses?

    Yes, providers can determine how they use their stipends.

  • Is there a limit to the number of stipends a program can receive?

    While there is no set limit, data will be monitored to protect against misuse and to ensure staffing proportions align with a provider's reported enrollment.

  • Are there stipend limits per individual?

    One stipend will be issued per worker, regardless of whether they have changed programs or left and returned.

  • Do onboarding stipends apply to existing employees who are promoted to a new position?

    No, stipends apply only to new hires.

  • Do onboarding stipends apply to individuals who were furloughed and are now returning to work?

    No, stipends apply only to new hires.

  • Who should I contact with questions regarding onboarding stipends for new hires?

    For questions, contact OECOSLproviderinquiry@fssa.IN.gov.

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