Project 5 - Developing Early Childhood Educators

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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:

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Project Updates

MiAEYC Winter/Spring 2015 InfographicMDE and MiAEYC have already made moves towards the initiative to expand opportunities for home-based providers to earn a degree through T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships. During Winter/Spring Semester 2015:

  • 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.


baby in a blue graduation cap and gown playing with an abacusMichigan'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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