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Institutions of Higher Learning

Where can I find information on qualifications and credentials for early childhood professionals?

The qualifications and credentials required for early childhood professionals depend on the type of program and the position in which an individual is seeking initial employment, currently employed, or pursuing promotion in employment.

All persons working in a child care program licensed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) are required to meet education and training qualifications as specified in the Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers and Nighttime Centers or Minimum Standards for Family/Group Day Care Homes and Family/Group Nighttime Homes.

Similarly, teachers and assistant teachers working in the Alabama Office of School Readiness (OSR) Pre-K programs and Head Start/Early Head Start programs must meet education and training qualifications and requirements mandated by their agencies.

 

*Download a complete list of Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Institutions Child Development / Early Care and Education Programs and Academic Inventory here.

 

*The map pictured adjacent is available on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) website. You can also find the link to each school listed by county below.
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What kind of financial assistance is available for child development and early childhood training and education?

The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) provides quality enhancement funds for the implementation of two (2) scholarship programs that provide support for early care and education professionals: Leadership in Child Care Scholarship and T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Alabama. These programs are available for individuals interested in obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate and an Associate’s Degree in child development or early care and education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education.

The Leadership in Child Care Scholarship is administered by the Alabama Department of Post-secondary Education (DPE) and is available for eligible recipients working in licensed, license-exempt, and school-age care programs. The T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship is administered by the Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) and is available for child care center teachers and directors working in licensed child care programs.

The Office of School Readiness (OSR) provides T.E.A.C.H. scholarships for child care center and preschool teachers working in licensed child care centers or an OSR funded Pre-K classroom to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or child development. Head Start/Early Head Start programs utilize professional development funding to support their staff in obtaining the CDA credential, and 2-year and 4-year academic degrees in child development or early childhood education.

Colleges and universities may provide grants and scholarships specific to their institution. Institutional financial aid offices can provide information about different kinds of assistance that are available. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal student aid. Free information about and help with applying for federal student aid is available from the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Information Center (1-800-433-3243).

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