Harford Community College Secures $103K Grant For Childcare Provider Education


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HARFORD COUNTY - Harford Community College was awarded more than $100,000 from the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood to provide tuition assistance for local childcare providers.

The $103,485 grant will be used to sustain the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF), a program that covers tuition, fees, and materials for participating students aiming to earn degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education.

To be eligible, participants must work a minimum of 10 hours per week in a licensed child care center or as a licensed family child care provider in Maryland. After graduation, recipients are required to fulfill a service commitment, working at least 10 hours per week in Maryland-based child care. The length of the service commitment is tied to the number of credits the state subsidizes, with a maximum of two years for an associate degree or four years for a bachelor's degree.

Throughout the program, students receive counseling and guidance from the CCCPDF coordinator, who assists in the application process, ensures compliance with grant requirements, mentors students, and supervises the degree completion process. The coordinator also acts as a liaison, connecting students with additional support services available through the college.

Applications for new participants are due by March 1 each year, with funding for accepted students becoming available the subsequent fall semester. For more information, prospective applicants can contact Alyssa Ehrsam, the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund Coordinator at Harford Community College.

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