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Grants for Early Learning & Childcare Programs

Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant (Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance, Available Statewide)  | Apply Here

This opportunity from the Early Childhood Council Leadership Appliance is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions. Must be a licensed family child care home to apply. 

Tip: Reach out to your Early Childhood Council to inquire about local/community grants!

Apprenticeship Programs & Scholarships for Higher Education, Certifications, or Professional Development

Back to Work (ECCLA, Available Statewide) | Apply Here

ECCLA’s Back to Work Scholarship is a unique scholarship program that works to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are provided one-on-one college and career navigation support in addition to receiving scholarship awards up to $3,500.

Child Development Associate Statewide Scholarship Program (Child Care Innovations, Available Statewide) | Apply Here

Receive coaching support and funding for CDA programs (up to $600) and the CDA Assessment fee ($425). For renewal candidates, program can pay for renewal assessment fee ($125). No prior work experience is required, however, you must have a high school diploma, GED, or be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school career and technical program in early childhood education to qualify for a scholarship. 

Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship Program (Child Care Innovations) | Apply Here

This federally registered apprenticeship program allows early learning professionals to choose their own path to becoming early childhood teacher/director qualified while learning on the job skills with on-site support. Must be 16 years or older, and employed or willing to be employed full time in a licensed early childhood program. This program is a 2-year commitment.

Rural R.U.N. (ECCLA, Available Statewide) | Apply Here

ECCLA’s 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. Rural R.U.N. can help you cover the cost of your early childhood credential or certificate and works with several programs including the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Early Childhood Coach Credential, CLASS® Certification, Environmental Rating Scales® Certification, National Director Credential, and MORE! S

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Colorado Scholarship Program (ECCLA, Available Statewide) | Apply Here

This scholarship has models to support early childhood administrators, educators, and other professionals who serve outside of a licensed care setting earn a credential, certificate, or degree (associate, bachelor's, or master's) in Early Childhood Education. 

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