How To Get Early Childhood Education Scholarships

Early Childhood Education Scholarships – If you like playing and teaching children, then maybe you should consider a career in early childhood education. In order to be able to teach young children as a career, you need a degree to prove your qualification.

To get the degree you have to spend considerable time in the college and pay for the tuition and other expenses. Fortunately, to help you pay the expenses, there are many early childhood education scholarships. These programs are provided by various organizations with the purpose to improve and develop early childhood education.


Early Childhood Education Scholarships and Grants

In order to get the early childhood education scholarships, firstly you should know where to get it. Here we will provide you information about the scholarship as well as where to apply for and get it.

Pennsylvania T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

This scholarship provides an educational fund for the state of Pennsylvania resident. The goal is to pursue bachelor’s or associate’s degree in early childhood development or education.  In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant has to:

  • Work in a licensed Pennsylvania childcare facility for a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • Get paid less than $19 per hour.

To apply for this scholarship, you can contact Pennsylvania Child Care Association, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110, by phone at 717-657-9000 or their website at

Wyoming Quality Counts Educational Development Scholarships

Similar to the Pennsylvania T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships, this scholarship also provides a fund for the state of Wyoming resident to pursue bachelor’s or associate’s degree in early childhood development or education. The amount of scholarship awarded is up to $1,000 per semester per student.

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant has to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week in a licensed Wyoming childcare facility. To apply or ask for more info about the scholarship you can contact Department of Workforce Services, WY Quality Counts! Program,  Herschler Building, 2-East, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82002, by phone at 866-373-6061 and the website at

Kentucky Early Childhood Development Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Kentucky residents who work in a licensed early childhood learning facility at least 20 hours per week. The recipient of this scholarship program will receive up to $1,800 education funding per year. Then, after graduation has to work at the state’s approved childcare facility. For more detailed information you can contact KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602, by phone at 800-928-8926 or visit the website at

Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program

For the resident of Virginia this Scholarship program provides tuition assistance in pursuing early childhood development and education degrees. In order to get the scholarship, the applicants have to seek or already employed in a licensed child care facility in the State of Virginia. The recipient of this scholarship will receive up to two courses tuition assistance per semester. To apply for the scholarship you can contact VCCPSP, Office of Child Care & Early Childhood Development, Virginia, Department of Social Services, 801 E. Main Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, by phone at 866-636-1608 or visit the website at

National Board Scholarship Program

Teachers in Jackson can get a raise by becoming National Board certified! If they qualify, they can earn an extra $6,000 every year for as long as they have the certification.

To learn more, Jackson State University (JSU) held an online information session. This session explained the certification process, the support available at JSU, and the financial benefits. You can watch the replay to get all the details!

JSU is part of the Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative, which helps teachers in Mississippi get their National Board Certification. The state of Mississippi funds this program at different universities, and JSU is one of them, offering support to teachers in their certification journey.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation offers different scholarships for college students. To be eligible, you need to be involved in your community. Each scholarship has its own rules and amount of money you can get, depending on which one you apply for.

Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship is named after three Michigan teachers who lost their jobs because they didn’t want to pay union dues. Each year, one education student who shows strong dedication to the Right to Work principles and high professional standards, like Carol Applegate, Kay Jackson, and Dr. Anne Parks, can win this $1,000 scholarship.

To apply for the Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, you need to be going to or planning to go to college in the United States with a major in education. This includes current teachers who are studying for an advanced degree, like a master’s degree.

High school students and undergraduates who haven’t chosen education as their major cannot apply. Also, people working for or related to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research and The National Right to Work Committee cannot apply.

How to Apply for the Teacher Scholarship

  1. Application: Submit your completed application along with a 500-700 word essay, your most recent transcript or acceptance letter, and a photo.
  2. Essay Selection: The Institute staff will pick the best essays and send them to the Selection Review Committee. They will remove any personal information before doing this.
  3. Review Committee: The committee, made up of three or more independent educators and Institute representatives, reviews the essays without knowing who wrote them. They rank the top three essays and send them to the Institute’s Board of Directors.
  4. Board Decision: The Board of Directors reviews the top essays and the committee’s recommendations. They vote at their annual meeting in April to choose the winner, or they might decide not to award a scholarship.
  5. Announcement: The Institute staff will notify and announce the winner.
  6. Scholarship Payment: The scholarship money is paid directly to the college or university the winner attends.
  7. Transcript Submission: At the end of the academic year, the winner or their school must send a copy of their transcript to the Institute.

Criteria for Selection

The scholarship is given based on your school grades and your interest in the National Institute of Labor Relations Research’s work.

You need to:

  1. Show you can succeed in college: Provide a copy of your latest transcript or your acceptance letter from the school you will attend.
  2. Write an essay: Create a 500-700 word essay showing your writing skills.

Application Instructions

The application has three parts:

  1. Essay: Write a 500-700 word essay about Right to Work principles and compulsory unionism issues in education.
  2. Transcript or Acceptance Letter: Get a copy of your acceptance letter or your most recent transcript. You can send it yourself or have your school send it.
  3. Online Application: Complete the online application form. Attach your essay, transcript or acceptance letter, photo, and any other required documents.

If you can’t complete the online application, you can print it out and mail it with your essay, transcript or acceptance letter, and photo to the provided address. If you win, you (or your school) must send a copy of your official transcript to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research at the end of the academic year when you receive the scholarship funds.


  • KHEAA: Early Childhood Development Scholarship.
  • Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance: Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program.
  • PACCA: T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships.
  • Virginia Department of Social Services: Child Day Care Provider Scholarship Program.
  • Wyoming Quality Counts: Educational Development Scholarships.
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