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Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholarship Program

The Colorado Recovery Plan expands the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) grant to support Coloradans that have experienced an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, had to withdraw from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss. 

Have you been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college in an undergraduate Early Childhood degree/certificate program in Colorado? Our organization is proud to partner with the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s COSI program to help provide the education and training you need for your next job in the Early Childhood field, through the new Back to Work Grant! 

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity scholarship provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations. Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are welcome to apply!

For more information, please contact Cameron Fall, ECE Scholarship/Career Navigator at (720) 899-3048 or by email

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Please find information about the Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholarship Program in the tabs below. If you would like additional information download the Information Flyer. Do you have questions or need support with your Back to Work: COSI Scholarship? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

Supports Offered:

  • Support in enrollment, registration, understanding the total cost of obtaining your degree, CAFSA, FAFSA, financial aid, scholarships, and more!
  • Support in navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles, and social, wellness, familial, and personal concerns
  • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of your credential/degree
  • Support in connecting to resources, careers, and transitioning back into the workforce

Eligibility Guidelines:

Participants must meet the following criteria and complete a credential/degree by June 2024:

  • Student experienced an economic loss within the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lost or adverse changes in employment, increased food or housing insecurity, had to withdraw from college after March 13, 2020, or suffered another form of economic loss.
  • Student is seeking to enroll or already enrolled in a credential or undergraduate degree program related to the Early Childhood field.
  • Student is enrolled (or plans to enroll) at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education.
  • Student can complete credential or degree by June 30, 2024.
  • Student is living in Colorado and has an income that is determined to be between 0 and 250% of the maximum permissible income to determine eligibility for Pell grants (EFC 14,614 or less). To learn more about this, click here.

Education Institutions

The Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholarship Program works with several institutions of higher education across Colorado. Click on an institution below and it will take you directly to the institutions’s Early Childhood website for more information. If an institution is not listed, please contact Cameron Fall to discuss.

Two-Year Institutions

Four-Year Institutions