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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.

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The Back to Work: ECE Scholarship Program is available to help provide education and training for your next job in the early childhood field! Eligible participants have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, meet income guidelines, and are able to complete an undergraduate degree or certificate in 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 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. 

The Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship Program is for high school students interested in earning college credits and experience in Early Childhood Education.  It is intended to help students transition successfully into the field with the support, knowledge, and credentials needed to obtain employment and perform their roles with confidence.

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.

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® 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® 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. 

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