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Stark County Scholarships

The ECRC is committed to exploring and supporting career pathways for early childhood professionals in our community. Since March 2000, we have provided hundreds of scholarships to early childhood professionals living or working in Stark County.

Scholarship are available for early childhood professionals wishing to pursue their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential through the Council for Professional Recognition, a National Credentialing body for early childhood. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. For more information on the CDA, contact the Council for Professional Recognition.

Scholarships cover either partial or the full cost of training coursework taken at the Early Childhood Resource Center. Deadlines for submitting scholarship applications are April 15th and November 15th. For more information about scholarships, please call Angela Moses at 330-491-3272 Ext.5689 or email her.

To access upcoming CDA Classes, click here. To download the CDA Scholarship Application Packet, click here.

T.E.A.C.H. Ohio Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Ohio is available through the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA). The CDA Credential scholarship is available to all teachers and family child care providers. 

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO is a compensation and retention program for child care professionals. Active in 23 states, T.E.A.C.H is designed to address education, compensation and turnover issues that affect the early childhood field. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses.

Professionals and programs participate in T.E.A.C.H. OHIO by partnering in the professional's goal, fiscal responsibility, and retention. The Program commits to provide higher pay each year to their employees that earn credentials or college credit toward early childhood education degrees. Professionals commit to stay working at their programs while in school and for a period of time afterward.

Scholarships are available for early childhood professionals who want to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Associate degree in early childhood education or child development. Bachelor Degree opportunities are available on a very limited basis by region of the state and number offered.

For more information about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Ohio scholarships, contact OCCRRA at


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