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Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

High quality early childhood settings begin with well-trained and well-prepared educators. ECCLA currently offers several scholarship and grant opportunities for students who would like to earn a degree or certificate in early childhood education, and for home-based providers who are seeking funding to start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility.
ECCLA’s scholarship and grant opportunities can be blended with other funding and are intended to compliment and support the wonderful work that Early Childhood Councils are already doing across the state. We recommend that you check in with your local Early Childhood Council to see if they offer scholarships or additional funding that can be used to help you further your education.
 
Scholarships and Grants We Currently Offer
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Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship

The Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship is available to help recipients complete the training requirements to earn a Colorado Coach Credential. Eligible participants are Colorado residents, work or are seeking employment in ECE, are registered in PDIS, and holds or will apply for an Early Childhood Professional Credential and earns a Level III or higher.

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Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant

The Family Child Care Home Improvement Grant is available to help home-based providers start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility.

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program 

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program offers early childhood professionals a pathway to pursue higher education. Eligible participants are employed within the early childhood profession (in either child-facing or consultative/support roles) and are interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree or credential in early childhood education.

What’s the difference between T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship and TEACH Colorado?

Different ‘TEACH‘ programs exist in Colorado and it can get confusing! ECCLA provides the T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship, which offers early childhood professionals a pathway to pursue higher education. Many of Colorado’s early childhood education professionals, including directors, teachers, and family child care professionals, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Depending on the model, scholarships pay 90% of books and tuition (or 95% for family child care educators and entrepeneurs) or a semester stipend for students to earn a credential, certificate, or degree.

Meanwhile, TEACH Colorado is a free resource for anyone considering a PK-12 teaching career in Colorado, offering 1:1 advising, information on teaching pathways, downloadable guides and financial aid resources.

Similar name, distinct offerings, but both working to provide a whole bunch of support for early childhood professionals across the state. 

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