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General Scholarship: AA/Cert./CDA Coursework

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Beca general: Cursos para CDA, certificación, AA

The General Scholarship supports eligible family and center child care professionals who plan to take courses at a WA State Community or Technical College toward obtaining their Child Development Associates (CDA),  Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Stackable Certificates or an Associate’s Degree. This support includes funding for tuition, books and course related materials and fees. The General Scholarship also provides paid release time for each enrolled quarter and a bonus for the successful completion of each scholarship contract. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the established deadline. All scholarships are contingent upon funding at the time of award.

Scholarship Qualifications

Center and Family Child Care Providers:

    • WA State resident.
    • Work, not volunteer, in a WA State licensed child care facility participating in Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating Improvement System(QRIS).
    • Work an average 20 hrs/week in a licensed child care facility.
    • Have worked at your current center or family child care facility for at least three months.
    • Plan to pursue a CDA, ECE certificate, Stackable Certificates or ECE Associates Degree at a WA State community or technical college.

      Scholarship Benefits

      WA Scholarships pays:

      • 100% Tuition
      • Book reimbursement up to $1000/contract year
      • Release Time at $11.00/hour up to three hours/week
      • $300 bonus upon scholarship contract completion

      Scholar Expectations :

        • New scholars are expected to enroll the quarter that they receive the award.
        • Scholars are required to remain employed at sponsoring child care facility for six months after completion of scholarship contract.
        • Scholars must complete a minimum of 12 academic credits per scholarship contract.
        • It is the scholar's responsibility to read and understand the scholarship contract and policies.

        Child Care Center Expectations:

        • The sponsoring child care center must pay a $300 bonus or 1.5% raise to the employee upon scholarship contract completion
        • Schedule paid release time with employee at $11.00/hour up to three hours/week

        The Application Process

        Interested child care providers should read and understand the eligibility requirements and scholar expectations prior to filling out an application for a scholarship.

        Eligible providers can complete the application and submit it online or click on this link to print out the application. Applications must be complete!

        To complete and submit this application online, please click on the button below.

        Center providers must enter the name and email address of their center director

        Apply Button

        This application should only take roughly 30 minutes to complete, but please be aware YOU CANNOT SAVE or SUBMIT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS. The following is some crucial information you must have before you continue:

        1. If you work at a center, you should have entered your center representative’s name and email address before clicking the “Begin Signing” link. If you did not, you must close out of this application and begin again.
        2. Your Social Security Number
        3. Your facility's provider/license number (NOT your SSPS number) [issued by the WA State Department of Early Learning Licensor]
        4. Whether your facility is participating in Early Achievers and your rating if applicable [ask your director if unsure]
        5. Past academic information [name(s) of previous high school(s) and college(s), dates of attendance, majors, etc...]


        Scholarships are awarded on a  quarterly basis.

        Application deadlines are as follows:

        Winter  -----  November 15

        Spring  ----------  February 15

        Summer  ----------      May 15

        Fall  --------            August 15


        Send completed applications to:

        Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

        1551 Broadway, Suite 300

        Tacoma, WA 98402

        Phone: 866-308-3224

        Fax: 253-572-2599

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