State grant aids those interested in childcare careers

(December 9, 2008) - Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education are offering a unique funding opportunity for childcare providers to earn an associate’s degree (AAS or AAT) in early childhood. HCC is currently accepting approved applicants from the Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund which offers scholarship opportunities for people working in childcare. Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing their degree while employed in childcare and will continue on to work in family or center-based early education programs upon completion of their degree.
Candidates may enroll in one course a semester up to a full load of credit courses at HCC at no cost to the participant. Candidates must work at a licensed child care/preschool program in the state of Maryland. Several prerequisites include high school diploma, G.E.D., any prerequisite required by an individual community college for credit courses, at least one year working in a licensed childcare center/family childcare program, and participation in the MSDE childcare credentialing program. Other prerequisites are listed on the MSDE website as well as the scholarship application and fact sheet and can be found at .
For information about the scholarship program at HCC, contact Paula Davis, program manager, at 301-790-2800, ext.604, or email