Social Sciences

Scholars For Excellence in Child Care

The Scholars Program awards scholarships, educational stipends and other possible bonuses to eligible child care professionals to complete coursework in the area of child development or early childhood education and for the CDA and CCP Direct Assessment Application.

Steps to Success at Rose State College:

  • Associate in Arts Degree in FSCD (minimum of 62 credit hours)
  • Director's Certificate of Completion (DCoC) (24 credit hour certificate for directors and assistant directors)
  • Certificate of Mastery (CoM) in Child Development (18 credit hours)
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential (9 credit hours/assessment)

What is the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program?

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program awards scholarships to eligible child care professionals to complete coursework in the area of child development or early childhood education and for the CDA and CCP Direct Assessment Application. These scholarships enable childcare providers in Oklahoma to improve their skills through education, receive an educational stipend and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities. 
Scholarships are available for:     

  • Coursework taken at community colleges leading toward: a CDA Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director’s Certificate of Completion (directors, assistant directors, and family child care providers only), Associate in Arts or Science degree in child development or early childhood education, Director’s Certificate of Mastery (through OSU-OKC for directors, assistant directors and family child care providers) or an Associate in Applied Science degree in child care center management or administration (directors and assistant directors only).
  • Early Education: Pathway to Your National Credential (a comprehensive CDA or CCP curriculum) coursework taken through technology centers leading toward the national CDA credential.
  • CDA/CCP Direct Assessment Application.

An educational stipend is available upon completion of coursework and fulfillment of scholarship agreement and/or when CDA/CCP Credential is received.

Scholars Program Mission Statement

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program will ensure that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a community college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director's Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education.  

Requirements for Eligibility 

To qualify for the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program, child care providers must:

  • Work in a one-star plus or above DHS- or tribal-licensed child care facility with a minimum of 10 percent subsidy children at time of application.
  • Work as a teacher, director, or family child care provider at least 30 hours per week earning $15.50 or less per hour
  • Be employed at a child care facility at least six months before beginning coursework.
  • Once approved, be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study.

Scholars Program Benefits

  • Support services and technical assistance from Scholars Program coordinators
  • Academic advisement
  • Academic and student support services
  • College credit for coursework
  • Outstanding faculty committed to student success 
  • Increased quality of child care
  • Networking with other child care professionals 
  • Assistance with REWARD Oklahoma
  • Scholarships for coursework at community colleges and for the CDA Credential Assessment
  • Scholarships for coursework at career technology centers for the Pathway program

Contact

Jennifer Bachhofer
Jennifer Bachhofer
Scholar Coordinator/Academic Advisor, Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Social Sciences Division
(405) 733-7449
Julia Kelly
Julia Kelly
Scholars Program Advisement Specialist Social Sciences Division
(405) 736-0369