State grant aids those interested in childcare careers

(July 10, 2008) - The Bright Futures Program through the Maryland State Department of Education offers a unique opportunity for childcare providers or people interested in becoming a senior staff childcare provider. Selected candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing the childcare courses offered and will go on to work in family or center-based early education programs.
Candidates may enroll in up to three pre-service training courses (credit or non-credit at Hagerstown Community College) at no cost to the participant. Candidates must live in Maryland or work in a licensed child care/preschool program in the state of Maryland. Prerequisites are high school diploma, G.E.D. or current enrollment in high school child development courses, and any prerequisite required by an individual community college for credit courses (e.g. English or reading).
To apply for the Bright Futures Program, contact Paula Davis, program manager, at 301-790-2800, ext.604, or email