ECE Scholarships

The Early Childhood Educators ECE Scholarship - AA Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
  • Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.
  • Have not previously earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.

For more information about the Early Educator's Scholarship program:

The Building Careers Grant's purpose is to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children by improving the quality of early education and out-of-school time services through professional development of the workforce. EEC is committed to creating a professional development system for the early education and care and out-of-school time workforce that meets the needs of all educators , including English language learners or those who are from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  EEC strives to provide increased professional development opportunities and pathways to degree attainment by maximizing resources and requiring entities providing professional development with EEC funding to function collaboratively and effectively at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

To be eligible and to maintain eligibility for the Building Careers program, students must:

1. Be a Massachusetts resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;

2. Work in an EEC-funded, EEC licensed or license-exempt early education and care or out-of-school time program (i.e., group child care, family child care, school age child care, or Head Start program);

3. Be able to meet college entrance requirements; students who are unable to meet admissions requirements may be able to participate in the program if they will be participating in developmental coursework and supports offered through the grant. Students participating in developmental coursework must be willing to enroll in a degree program once they are able to matriculate; students must be literate in their native language to participate in developmental coursework supported by the Building Careers grant. Students will need to develop a professional development plan and benchmarks to determine if they are making satisfactory progress and when they will be able to matriculate into a degree program;

4. Agree to meet with an academic advisor for career/academic counseling;

5. Agree to complete student data forms and share directory information with Building Careers Coordinator and EEC;

6. Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above;

7. Participate in work-site observations and supervision meetings (if applicable);

8. Agree to support other costs associated with course such as books, materials, etc. (if applicable);

9. Agree to not use multiple funding sources to supersede the actual cost of the course; and

10. Agree to remain in the field of early education and care or out-of-school time for 6 months for every semester that funding from the Building Careers programs is received. Students who fail to comply with this requirement may be required to pay for financial assistance received through the grant program.

11. Students participating in the Building Careers grant program will be required to complete and sign a Building Careers Terms and Conditions form that will be kept on file at the institution; form must be completed by all educators participating in the Building Careers program on an annual basis.

For more information about the Building Careers Grant programs, please contact Patricia Kay.