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State grant aids those interested in childcare careers

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 for 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, full or part-time, 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 or in a registered family child care program in the state of Maryland. Several prerequisites include: high school diploma or 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. You can apply for your initial credential certificate at the same time you apply for the fund.  Other prerequisites are listed on the MSDE website as well as the scholarship application and fact sheet which can be found at www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/credentials/mdcr....

The deadline to apply for summer admission is March 1, 2011 and June 1, 2011 for fall. For more information about the scholarship program at HCC, contact Alison Hess, grant coordinator, at 301-790-2800, ext.604, or e-mail amhess@hagerstowncc.edu.