Did you know? You may qualify to increase your earnings or receive a scholarship to pay for your college tuition. WV STARS offers two exciting opportunities for individuals working in licensing child care, registered family child care facilities or family child care homes who qualify.
The WV STARS Pathway Advancement Scholarship pays tuition for up to two classes per semester for individuals as well as a $200 education related expense stipend for individuals seeking an associates or bachelor’s degree in early childhood that are working as a teacher, assistant teacher, director, or family child care provider. There is even an one-time bonus of $300 dollars when you complete your degree. For a list of the full eligibility requirements please visit www.wvstars.org.
WV STARS Pathway to Earnings issues payments to increase earnings for individuals with qualifying certificates or degrees who are working in licensed child care or family child care. The degrees and certificates that may qualify you include (please note degrees must be earned from a Regionally Accredited Institution):
- WV Elements of Family Child Care Series
- Mind in the Making
- WVIT I (must be working with Infants and Toddlers to claim)
- WVIT II (must be working with Infants and Toddlers to claim)
- ACDS Department of Labor Certificate
- CDA (current)
- AAS/AA in ECE*
- BA/BS in ECE* or RBA with ECE emphasis
- MA/MS/M.ED in ECE*
- Ph.D. or Ed. D. in ECE*
* Accepted ECE Degree Programs include: Child Development; Child Development & Family Studies; Early Childhood; Early Childhood Development; Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education
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The first enrollment period for this new program will begin on October 1, 2018 and run through the end of the month. For a list of the full eligibility requirements please visit www.wvstars.org.
Don’t worry if you do not qualify yet, we will have additional enrollment periods coming up in January and April as funding allows. Check with your local Resource and Referral office to enroll in WV Elements of Family Child Care Series, Mind in the Making or WVIT or explore our WV STARS Pathway Advancement Scholarship to begin earning a degree in early childhood.
This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and is administered by WV Early Childhood Training Connections and Resources, a program of River Valley Child Development Services