Mayor's Early Literacy Award

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Thank you for your interest in the Rotary Club of Atlanta Early Childhood Champions bonus program.
2023 enrollment is now closed. Enrollment will reopen August 1, 2024.


There is a more effective way to teach children to read – proven methods based in brain science.

Become an Early Childhood Champion and get rewarded

By training in proven scientific methods of reading instruction right here on Cox Campus – using state-approved online courses that also count towards your Bright from the Start training hours – you not only give your students the gift of literacy that can last a lifetime, you can earn tangible rewards for yourself right now.

How it works

Be one of the first 300 eligible teachers to complete the required coursework below and you’ll earn the City of Atlanta’s “Mayor’s Award for Early Literacy” and a $500 bonus.

Who is eligible

    • Work at least 30 hours/week in an eligible center
    •  Work in classrooms with children ages 0-5 (not yet in Kindergarten)
    • Work as a classroom lead teacher, assistant teacher, or paraprofessional
    • Complete the required, free, 8-11 hours of online professional learning provided by Cox Campus Rollins Center for Language & Literacy
    • *See complete eligibility details at

Required coursework

8-11 hours

8-11 hours


Cox Campus (online courses)


  1. Ecosystem (3 hrs.)
  2. Power of Language: Infants and Toddlers (2 hrs.)
  3. TALK with ME (3 hrs.)
  4. Early Childhood Champions Mayor’s Early Literacy Award - Infants/Toddler Completion Course

Cox Campus (online courses)


  1. Ecosystem (3 hrs)
  2. The Power of Language (2.5 hrs.)
  3. Meaningful Conversations (1.5 hrs.)
  4. Transforming Story Time (3.5 hrs.)
  5. Early Childhood Champions Mayor’s Early Literacy Award - Preschool/Pre-K Completion Course

Get started

    • Step 1: Enroll here as an Early Childhood Champion if you have not already. Enrollment open August 1 - September 30, 2023.
    • Step 2: Care Solutions (the Early Childhood Champions program administrator and payment partner) will confirm your eligibility for one or both incentives.
    • Step 3: Complete required courses on Cox Campus in the science of reading, keep teaching for 12 months after you enroll, or both!
    • Step 4: Receive a $500 check for staying in the classroom and/or completing the online training (teachers in birth 3 classrooms
      eligible for both bonuses).
    • Step 5: Know how much we appreciate you and the important work you do!

Please allow 10 to 14 business days for Cox Campus to receive your information and set up your account for the Early Childhood Champions program. You will receive an email from us letting you know when you can begin coursework.