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Teacher Promise Stipend

Teacher Promise Stipend

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Preschool Promise, Inc. recognizes the important role our teachers play in ensuring children receive a high-quality Preschool education.
Preschool Promise is asking teachers to Promise to implement Preschool Promise values and programs in the classroom, and to Promise to stay in the same classroom the full school year.  We know it is critical for our Preschool students to have teachers who continue learning and implementing best practices in the classroom all year long, and for this reason, Preschool Promise is offering a Promise Stipend for Lead and Assistant Teachers who fulfill the following Promises at Preschool Promise programs.  
This is a voluntary program and teachers must apply by September 30, 2020 to be eligible.  This Promise Stipend program is offered in addition to stipends offered for participation in Professional Learning Communities or workshops.

Participants Promise to:

Values Promise
  • Be committed to improving cultural relevancy in teaching to ensure equitable outcomes for our children
  • Be committed to improving social emotional practices in the classroom (through things like Conscious Discipline) to ensure all children have a healthy place to grow and learn
  • Be committed to improving implementation of curriculum so all children have high-quality learning experiences

Accountability Process:  MOU/Application signed by the teacher at the beginning of the year

Employment Promise

  • Teach every day in the same Preschool Promise classroom from September 1, 2020 through May 29, 2021 (or the last day of school, whichever comes first) at a Preschool Promise site. If the owner of a Preschool Promise site is also serving and listed as the lead teacher, they may apply.
  • Serve as a Lead Teacher or Assistant Teacher working exclusively in the same Preschool Promise Classroom all year long (floater teachers are not eligible)

Accountability Process: Employer will communicate to Preschool Promise if the teacher has met the commitment

Attendance Promise

During this time of COVID-19, we recognize it may not be possible to be at work as much as you need to be. However, we ask that you maintain mindfulness about the importance of regular attendance for the benefit of children who do best with consistency.  

Professional Development Promise

  • Attend at least one Preschool Promise Professional Learning Community (PLC), X-Treme Training series, or attend two or more Preschool Promise sponsored workshops
  • Meet all assignments and coaching requirements from the PLC, X-Treme Training or workshop 

Accountability Process: Preschool Promise will get this data from the facilitators and coaches

Program Promise

  • Read the Preschool Promise Book-of-the Month in the classroom at least once a week
  • Promote reading the Book-of-the-Month at home with families
  • Support Star Attendance by making sure eligible students are signed up for the program and by contacting parents of students who are absent

Accountability Process: Teachers will fill out a MONTHLY survey showing how they did these items in the classroom

For DPS Teachers

  • Record yourself doing interactive reading with the book of the month and submit to DPS curriculum at least once per semester

Accountability Process: Dayton Public Schools will share with Preschool Promise if teacher met this commitment

For teachers receiving Preschool Promise Coaching

  • Complete the Professional Development Plan at the start of the year
  • Make continuous Progress on Goals
  • Implement suggestions made by Coach Preschool Promise will get this data from the Coach

For Community Based Sites

  • Lead and Assistant teachers will participate in one MEFS (Minnesota Executive Functioning Scale) 2 hour training session on the administration of the assessment 
  • Lead or Assistant teachers will administer the MEFS (Minnesota Executive Functioning Scale) to all Preschool Promise children in their classrooms


To receive a stipend from Preschool Promise, please enroll in the program and submit the following by September 30, 2020:
  • A completed Promise Teacher Stipend Application
  • A completed W-9 

Employer Awareness

The teacher’s employer will be sent a notice that the teacher has enrolled in the program and that we will need the employer to give us data to confirm that requirements have been met.  Coaches will also be notified.

Payment Schedule

  • $800 for Public School Lead and Assistant Teachers
  • $1,500 for MVCDC Lead and Assistant Teachers
  • $2,000 for Childcare and Family Childcare Lead and Assistant Teachers
The stipend will be dispensed in one payment at the end of the school year.  The check will be mailed by June 30, 2021 to the teacher’s home address as listed on the application.  It is the teacher’s responsibility to update the address with Preschool Promise if there is a change during the school year. 

As part of the Promise Stipend Application the teacher must acknowledge that Preschool Promise will send a 1099-MISC at the end of the year if more than $600 is paid to the individual, and it is the individual's responsibility to claim this as income on taxes.

Legal Agreement

By joining this program, you agree that your employer may release information to Preschool Promise, Inc., such as but not limited to: attendance records, employment status by dates, and compliance with professional development such as the video recordings of reading books in the classroom.  Preschool Promise will keep this information confidential and it will be used for determining status for the Pilot stipend and for research to improve Preschool Promise in the future.
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