You A CollegeScholarship for Child Care ProfessionalsThe Steps to $uccess! For more information, visit: www.okhighered.org/scholars For assistance, contact: Kiki McWilliams, Scholarship Administrator Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Toll Free: 866-343-3881 Direct: 405-225-9397 Email: email@example.com
cholars for Excellence in Child Care Once you’ve earned your CDA,discover REWARD Oklahoma The Scholars Program also assists child care professionals in their education with REWARD Oklahoma. By advancing your child care career through higher education, you could receive a salary supplement from REWARD Oklahoma, if eligible. For more information, visit www.cecpd.org or contact the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development at 888-446-7608 (toll free) or 405-799-6383 (direct).
hese credentials are on the REWARD Oklahoma scales. Note: The Director’s Certificate of Mastery is only available through OSU-Oklahoma City. The Director’s Certificate of Completion and the School Age Certificate of Completion are awarded by the Scholars Program.
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w 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. Scholars Program coordinators are 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. Advance Your Career to Earn More 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. • Assistance with REWARD Oklahoma. 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.
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