LCCC Offers Funding for Students and Educators in Early Childhood Education

published Monday, January 25, 2021
Students studying early childhood education at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and members of the community who would like to advance their career in the field have access to funding this spring that will allow them to take courses at little or no cost. Potential funding is available for summer courses, as well.
 
This generous funding is available through the Professional Development Organization (PDO), a grant-funded educational collaboration of 18 colleges, universities and programs statewide that support future educators. LCCC is a partnership school, which allows students to earn credits that can be seamlessly transferred to any other PDO partner school. This is a limited time opportunity exclusively for Pennsylvania residents.
 
Interested participants must first apply for tuition assistance through an online application, which determines eligibility. Students can then apply to the LCCC program and register for classes.
 
Classes start Feb. 12 and run through May 8 and are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, offered in person, hybrid and fully online. Classes will be offered for those seeking to earn their Child Development Associate certificate in infant/toddler, their director credential or their associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Education. Three noncredit classes are also offered: the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, Children’s Growth and Development, and Observation and Recording, which meet the Preschool CDA requirements.
 
Those interested in learning more are invited to attend a virtual information session at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. To register and receive the meeting link, email Tonia Breech at tBreech@lccc.edu.
 
To be eligible for the funding, students must be employed at a licensed early childhood education program for at least six months, have a professional development profile through the PD Registry and work an average of 25 hours per week. Funding is based on the STAR level of the facility, number of hours worked per week and staff level. Participants can earn anywhere from $290 to over $4,000 toward their education.
 
The project is supported by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services and Department of Education.
 
For assistance applying for tuition assistance or for more information, contact Tonia Breech, coordinator and assistant professor of Teacher Education at LCCC, tbreech@lccc.edu or 610-799-1706. For more information on the programs in Early Childhood Education, go to the website.