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Government Gives Scholarships to Child Care Providers To Hone Skills

Monday, September 01, 2014

 

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Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon's Early Learning System awarded 67 scholarships Wednesday morning to state child care providers who are working to hone their skills through an associate's degree. 

The 67 scholarship recipients span the state and will attend 13 community colleges this fall. The oldest scholarship recipient was 61 years old and the average recipient was 42 years old. The recipients work in child care centers and Head Start programs as well as registered and certified family child care homes. 

Oregon's $30 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant funded the scholarships which amount to $750,000 total. The scholarships are meant to improve child care by providing care takers with higher education degrees in their field.   

The scholarships highlighted the state's increased focus and investment in early learning, according to Kitzhaber who visited the Oregon Child Development Coalition in Salem Tuesday morning. 

"Children in quality early learning environments are more likely to be ready for kindergarten and more likely to be reading at third grade," Kitzhaber said. 

The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition, as well as other indirect fees such as transportation to and from class.

"The investment in this workforce will be repaid tenfold through the impact on our children," said Early Learning Director Megan Irwin. 

 

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