Academic Support – (Includes but not limited to): Washington Educator skills test – basic (west-b) Placement, GED & Certification tests; Certifications; Prior Learning Assessments; Application & Graduation Fees; ESL Classes; Translation Services; Mentors and Tutors from public and private agencies.
Books, Materials and Equipment: (Includes but not limited to): Required or suggested books related to courses; Notebooks, writing utensils or suggested materials for courses; Math class access fees, calculators, laptops, and cameras.
Paid Release Time (Reimbursement to Employer): Release Time is paid time off from work at the employing child care facility that scholars need to take to complete class-related activities. It is most used to attend class, study, or to meet with campus services such as academic advisors, registration, and other administrative offices.
Student Teaching Stipend (STS)
- Definition – A stipend is a set amount of money given to an individual to help defray living expenses (such as room and board) or other expenses related to the specific purpose for which the stipend is given. Stipends do not include taxes withheld but must be reported by the individual receiving the stipend as part of their taxable income.
- How it’s used for this scholarship – The STS will be issued on a quarterly basis to Scholars who are required by their early childhood education program to work in an early learning setting other than that of their employer. The stipend can be used for 1-3 quarters based on the needs of the academic program.
Tuition & Tuition Related Fees: Cost of classes; Candela Fees (Set-up fees for online books provided by institutions); Mandatory fees required by the institution such as transportation & security, etc.
Scholar: An applicant who has been awarded and has accepted the scholarship.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Consists of activities and/or experiences that are intended to aid in the cognitive and social development of children before they enter elementary school.
Early Learning: Learning for children from birth through 5 years of age.
Early Learning Higher Education: Early childhood education obtained at colleges and universities.
Early Learning Stackable Certificates: These are certificates that build on one another that can lead into an Associate Degree in ECE:
- ECE Initial Certificate (12 Credits Total)
- Short Certificate of Specialization (20 Credits Total)
State ECE Certificate (47-52 Credits Total)