New Scholarship Opportunity for Child Care Providers

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has released applications for their new professional development initiative.  This is very exciting news for Child Care Providers across the state.

Overview of Scholarship Opportunity for the Early Childhood Workforce Introduction: The most important factor in school success and learning outcomes for young children is the capabilities of the adults who support their growth and learning. The early childhood education workforce plays an important role in supporting the optimal development of young children – the majority of whom spend their days in preschool or childcare settings while parents work. Especially for children who are at risk because of their family’s low-income status or other factors, the skills and competencies of child care and preschool teachers are essential for ensuring the school readiness of children in their classrooms. Project Pathfinders is part of a larger initiative to elevate and emphasize the importance of the early childhood workforce and includes efforts to smooth the career pathway for early educators by making credentials more stackable and accessible. This scholarship opportunity, administered by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Virginia Community College System, is designed to increase the skills of early childhood professionals in preschool and child care settings in Virginia by accessing community college coursework and credentials. When scholarship recipients apply for funds, they will set a specific credentialing goal (for example: an Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate) and be eligible for funding to pursue achievement of that goal, as well as to access resources, as needed, such as career advising and additional funds to defray the costs of books and fees.

Eligibility: The scholarship will be open to early childhood professionals seeking to complete a credential in early childhood education or child development through the Virginia Community College System. Eligible individuals will be currently employed in a Virginia preschool or child care setting working directly with young children (infants-prekindergarten). Priority will be given for individuals working with at-risk children based on socioeconomic factors (children benefiting from child care subsidies, qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, or participating in public preschool programs such as Head Start or Virginia Preschool Initiative), and for individuals not already receiving other scholarship funds. Applicants must have a letter of support from their employer.

For more information contact VECF