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The ECRC is committed to exploring and supporting career pathways for early childhood professionals in our community. Since March 2000, we have provided over 248 scholarships totaling $147,800 to individuals pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Renewal of a CDA Credential, an Associate Degree in early childhood education, or a Bachelor Degree in early childhood education. In 2002 the ECRC become a pilot site for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Ohio~ a scholarship and compensation program that supports the education of early childhood professionals and aims to decrease teacher turnover rates.
In 2006, a scholarship fund was established in memory of Leslie A. Deem. Awards will be given to deserving early childhood educators and caregivers who are seeking to further their professional development, learn best practices, and are in need of a financial "boost" to do so.
For more information about scholarships, please call Holly Benton at 330-491-3272 Ext.5683 or email her.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Ohio is available through the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA). Teachers working in a Step Up To Quality center are eligible to apply for an Associate Degree scholarship. The CDA Credential scholarship is available to all teachers and family child care providers.
For more information about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Ohio scholarships, contact OCCRRA at
Below is a list of scholarship opportunities. Click on the name of the scholarship to see information about eligibility requirements, deadlines, or to download an application.