Colorado to offer scholarships for aspiring early childhood teachers

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DENVER — Colorado is offering up to $400,000 in scholarship money for Colorado community college students interested in teaching young children, the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood and Colorado Department of Education announced Wednesday.

CDHS and CDE have contributed half of these funds as part of Colorado’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, according to a release from the state. Colorado’s Community College foundations contributed the additional $200,000.

The scholarships will be awarded to students who aspire to work in early childhood education and are pursuing a certificate or associate degree at one of Colorado’s 16 community colleges, said the state.

“Colorado‚Äôs community colleges are key leaders in early childhood teacher preparation,” said Nancie Linville, Early Childhood Professional Development Systems, CDE program director. “With 97 percent of community college students remaining here in Colorado after graduation, this investment immediately impacts our youngest children.”

More than 3,000 students attending Colorado community colleges are studying early childhood education, stated the release.