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Scholars for Excellence in Childcare

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The program will ensure that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a community college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director's Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education.

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program provides mentoring and support services while encouraging Oklahoma's child care providers to pursue a formal education in child development. With the help of scholarships and financial aid, participating child care providers (Scholars) are first encouraged to complete course work used to obtain a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). As a next step, Scholars are encouraged to pursue higher education in order to receive a Certificate of Mastery in child development and eventually an Associate Degree in Child Development.

How to advance your career

There are many steps you can take to advance your career as a child care professional. The first step is to begin your education to earn credentials such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and the Certificate of Mastery. Earning these credentials can lead to many career benefits. From there, many options are available for furthering your education to heighten your career. By earning a CDA, early child care professionals will develop core competency skills. You will learn how to nurture children in terms of emotional, physical, intellectual and social development

The potential benefits of earning a credential

• Earn a promotion and/or more money.
• Develop your professional skills.
• Provide higher quality child care.
• Network with professionals like yourself.
• Become a more confident child care provider.

How to pay for it

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program offers a scholarship for child care professionals like yourself. With the Scholars Program, you can:

• Get free books.
• Pay only 30 percent of the tuition costs.
• Earn Pell Grants for additional aid, if qualified.

The Scholars Program coordinator is available to help you find out more about these and other financial aid opportunities.

Scholars Program eligibility

To qualify for the Scholars Program, child care providers must:

• Work in a one-star plus or above, OKDHS or tribal-licensed child care facility with a minimum of 10 percent subsidy children at time of application.

• Work as a teacher, family child care provider or director at least 30 hours per week earning $15.50 or less per hour.

• Be employed at a child care facility at least six months before beginning coursework.

• Once approved, be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study.

Note: Due to the availability of education and training funds, employees from federally funded child care programs are not eligible to participate in the scholarship.

Scholars Program benefits

• Support services and technical assistance from Scholars Program coordinators.

• Networking with other child care professionals.

• Scholarships for coursework at career technology centers for the Pathway to CDA program.

• Scholarships for coursework at community colleges and for the CDA Credential Assessment.

• Academic advisement.

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