Community briefs

July 24, 2009

Free education for child-care providers

Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education are offering a funding opportunity for child-care providers to earn an associate's degree (AAS or AAT) in early childhood. HCC is accepting approved applicants from the Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund which offers scholarship opportunities for people working in childcare.

Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills to successfully complete their degree while employed in childcare and continue 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.

Prerequisites are listed on the MSDE Web site as well as the scholarship application and fact sheet and can be found at


For information, call Paula Davis, program manager, at 301-790-2800, ext. 604, or e-mail

Grant-seeking basics for individuals

The Washington County Free Library will host, "Grant-seeking Basics for Individuals," at10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The free workshop is for students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers seeking funds from foundations, corporations and grantmaking public charities.

Business & Government Information Center Librarian Harry Sachs will offer tips and suggestions on how to identify funding sources for individuals, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for your free use at the Washington County Free Library Business and Government Information Center at the central library in downtown Hagerstown.

The workshop will include an overview of resources for individual grantseekers at the Foundation Center's Web site and a demonstration of "Foundation Grants to Individuals Online," the center's searchable database providing information on more than 6,600 grantmakers that support individual grant projects.

To register and for information, call the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 136.

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