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.
The Back to Work: ECE Scholarship Program is available to help early childhood professionals who experienced an economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to earn undergraduate-level degrees and certificates related to ECE! Eligible participants have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are able to complete an undergraduate degree or certificate related to early childhood education by June 30, 2024.
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.
The Rural Reskilling, Upskilling, Next-skilling (R.U.N.) Scholarship Program provides career counseling and tuition support to early childhood professionals in rural communities seeking to reskill, upskill, or next-skill.
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program offers early childhood education program directors and teachers a pathway to pursue higher education. Eligible participants are employed in a licensed child care setting, meet the income guidelines, and are interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree or credential in early childhood education.
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.
What's the difference between T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship and TEACH Colorado?
We get it. Different ‘TEACH‘ programs exist in Colorado and it can get confusing. But when it comes to names, we’re so lucky to run in the same circles as TEACH Colorado.
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.
Meanwhile, TEACH Colorado is a free, one-stop-shop for anyone considering a PK-12 teaching career in Colorado, offering 1:1 advising, information on teaching pathways, downloadable guides and financial aid resources. Does the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program promote TEACH Colorado on its platform for aspiring teachers? You’d better believe it! Similar name, distinct offerings, but both working to provide a whole bunch of support for early childhood professionals across the state.