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​Request for Applications

Innovative Programs for Pennsylvania's Early Childhood Education Workforce

Applications due September 29, 2017
Higher education, early learning and child care programs, and community-based partnerships working to implement innovative and sustained pathways, designed specifically to meet the needs of Pennsylvania's early childhood workforce.
The PA Department of Education and OCDEL have announced the Innovative Programs for Pennsylvania's Early Childhood Education Workforce application guidelines, established to ensure that early childhood education (ECE) professionals have the required knowledge and skills to help all young children learn and develop. These guidelines provide direction to partnerships as they submit applications focusing on building new innovative and sustained career-oriented pathways for current early childhood workers to earn the following ECE industry-recognized credentials:
  • A credit-bearing Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate;
  • An associate's degree;
  • A bachelor's degree; and/or
  • A Pennsylvania ECE PreK-4 instructional certificate.
Pathways created under these guidelines are designed to develop the capacity for early childhood educators to help all young children learn across the age groups of birth to eight years old. Applications submitted in response to these guidelines are limited to partnerships aimed at nurturing and sustaining high quality cross-systems relationships among and between two-year and four-year institutions of higher education (IHEs) and Pennsylvania's early learning programs

Approximately $1.4 million is available on a competitive basis under this grant application for one funding cycle beginning in fall 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, unless the U.S, Department of Education grants a one - year, no - cost extension. In that event funds will be available through December 31, 2018. Each regional or statewide-partnership will be limited to $400,000.
Applications are due by 5 p.m., September 29, 2017.