Scholarship Open House for Child Care workers

Free tuition is available for summer and fall classes to childcare workers who want to earn credentials in ACTC’s Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Program.

An information open house at ACTC on March 14 will help early childhood employees learn about scholarships to continue their education. The open house is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College Drive Campus in Ashland.

Advisors will be available to help with scholarship applications, college financial aid, college admissions and class information.  Students who want help with FAFSA (federal financial aid form) should bring their 2015 tax forms if possible.

The Kentucky's KIDS NOW scholarship is designed to help working childcare employees earn IECE certificates, including the Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, an associate degree and even a transfer bachelor's degree.

The only requirements for the scholarship are to be a Kentucky resident working at least 20 hours a week in an early childhood program that has state funding, a state-funded public preschool program, or a blended Head Start Program. This includes dozens of childcare and daycare programs in the FIVCO area.

Scholarship students may take up to nine hours in a semester, with a total of $1,800 in tuition available per student each year. 

The IECE program offers five certificates, a diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree.  The three most popular certificates are Kentucky Child Care Provider, CDA and Director’s Credential, and courses for those certificates are offered in summer fall and spring sessions. 

Summer I courses are Business Administration of ECE Programs (IEC 230) and Infant and Toddler Education and Programming (IEC 260).  Summer II courses are Administration of Early Childhood Education (IEC 240) and Language & Literacy in IECE (IEC 216). Summer courses and many fall and spring courses are online.

The scholarship application deadline is April 14 for summer sessions and July 14 for fall semester.  The ACTC application deadline is May 1 for Summer I and June 12 for Summer II.  

ACTC applications are available at: ashland.kctcs.edu. The KIDS NOW Scholarship applications are at: www.kheaa.com. For details on IECE credentials and/or a degree at ACTC, email IECE Coordinator Robin Johns at: robin.johns@kctcs.edu or call 606-326-2253.