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Child-care career scholarships available

December 15, 2008

Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education are offering a funding opportunity for child-care providers to earn an associate degree in early childhood education.

HCC is accepting approved applicants from the Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund, which offers scholarship opportunities for people working in child care. Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing their degree while employed in child care 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, GED, any prerequisite required by an individual community college for credit courses, at least one year working in a licensed child-care center/family child-care program, and participation in the MSDE child-care credentialing program. Other prerequisites are listed on the MSDE Web site, as well as the scholarship application and fact sheet and can be found at www.marylandpublic schools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/credentials/apply.

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For information about the scholarship program at HCC, contact Paula Davis, program manager, at 301-790-2800, ext. 604, or e-mail davisp@hagerstowncc.edu.

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