2017-2018 MERIT and ERA Paperwork

2017-2018 Merit and Education Retention Award (MERA)

The 2017-2018 Merit and ERA request paperwork is now available. Please review the documents and contact your Quality Coach with any questions. Review the Quality Add-on Rates and Grants & Awards Structure Overview Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for eligibility and award amounts. Review Best Practices in Keystone STARS Financial Award Spending for guidance on what to purchase with your grant.

This year you must complete and submit a request form and a budget form for each grant type. Please note there are two versions of the budget form for each grant type. One is an Excel Workbook to be used for electronic submission and one is a PDF to be used if faxing. If using the PDF format, Attachment #2 is used for Merit requests and Attachment #3 is used for ERA requests.

Submit your Merit and/or ERA request via:

  • Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your MPI#, your location name, and grant type in the “Subject” line of your email message
  • or Fax to 267-765-2397

Electronic submission is highly recommended to expedite the processing of your grant request. Another way to speed up your payment is to use electronic payment. If you are not already receiving your grant through electronic deposit, CLICK HERE to download and complete the form to start this process.

Click on the links below to download the appropriate forms.

MERIT AWARDS available to eligible:
   STAR 2 Center/Group
   STAR 2-4 Family Child Care

EDUCATION AND RETENTION AWARDS available to eligible:
 
  STAR 2-4 Center/Group and Family Child Care

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