Project 5 - Developing Early Childhood Educators
This project is focused on ensuring that early childhood educators have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. While supporting early childhood educators statewide, this project will also target home-based providers who serve children with high needs in their programs by:
- Expanding online Child Development Associate (CDA) credential programs for early childhood educators;
- Increasing the number of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited community college early learning programs;
- Expanding opportunities for home-based providers to earn a degree, as well as increase the supply of staff qualified to teach in Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program, through Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.); and
- Increasing access to training focused on achieving Great Start to Quality (GSQ) standards for program administration.
- RTT-ELC funded T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships were awarded in 33 out of 83 counties in Michigan.
- 157 Scholarships were awarded to 135 recipients, with a focus on family and group home providers.
- The scholarships awarded include:
- 7 scholarships for CDA,
- 57 scholarships for AA,
- 20 scholarships for BA, and
- 73 scholarships for BA with a ZS endorsement.
Michigan's Early Educators Will Have More Professional Development Opportunities
9 Michigan Colleges Are Set to Pursue Accreditation or Reaccreditation
Developing early childhood educators is key to improving access to high quality early learning and development programs for Michigan families. The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC), in partnership with the OGS Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, is excited to congratulate nine Michigan Institutions of Higher Education on receiving MiAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation Grants. Grants were awarded to:
Bay de Noc Community College
Henry Ford College
Monroe County Community College
Mott Community College
Muskegon Community College
Oakland Community College
Siena Heights University
Washtenaw Community College
West Shore Community College
As recipients of this grant, these Michigan Institutions for Higher Education will be seeking NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation or Reaccreditation to be completed within the next two years. The resulting accredited programs will provide more opportunities for early learning educators to expand their skills and knowledge and transfer that knowledge to improving opportunities for our youngest learners.
Visit the T.E.A.C.H Page to learn more about scholarship opportunities for early childhood educators. To learn more about other projects under the RTT-ELC grant, please visit the Michigan RTT-ELC Projects Page, visit our grant resource page , view our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us with questions or comments.
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