Brandman University partnership with California Head Start Association makes scholarships available to employees

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New partnership provides CHSA employees with scholarships for earning a degree in early childhood education.

Brandman University today announced a partnership with the California Head Start Association (CHSA). The University, a part of the Chapman University System, will extend a special scholarship to CHSA employees earning their Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Brandman. Brandman, established in 1958 and formerly known as Chapman University College, is a non-profit, WASC accredited university with 21 campuses throughout California.

Head Start is the nation’s leading investment in early childhood care and education, providing a range of comprehensive education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and family support services primarily serving at-risk children and their families since 1965.

California’s Head Start community employs more than 25,000 serving children and families, 20 percent of which are current and former Early Head Start or Head Start parents. The organization also relies on more than 100,000 volunteers. Research has consistently shown that the quality of a child’s preschool education will have a positive lasting effect throughout their educational journey. CHSA has been instrumental in bringing the message of the importance of high-quality preschools to policy makers and educators.

“We at CHSA are excited about our partnership with Brandman University. We have been impressed with Brandman’s commitment to early education and to the high graduation rate for students in their programs,” stated Rick Mockler, Executive Director of the California Head Start Association.

In harmony with the objectives set forth by Head Start, Brandman ECE students focus on building the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need to provide high quality, inclusive early care and education for children ages birth to eight in a variety of settings. Students explore areas such as childhood development and learning; relationships, interactions and guidance; screening, observation, assessment and documentation; and learning environments, meaningful content and curriculum.

“We are honored to partner with CHSA to prepare early childhood educators for the 21st Century.” said Dr. Faith Polk, faculty member in Brandman’s School of Education who spearheaded the curriculum development for the program. “Brandman’s Early Childhood Education program is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Initial Licensure as well as California State initiatives, such as the Foundations, Frameworks and Early Childhood Educator Competencies,” she added.

ECE scholarship recipients will be awarded $250 per unit; Brandman’s normal rate of tuition is $500 per unit. To apply or get more information, visit http://www.brandman.edu

About Brandman University’s School of Education
Brandman University’s School of Education, formerly known as Chapman University College, is for educational professionals seeking to become transformational leaders and innovative teachers in education. In courses taught by current and former superintendents, principals, college chancellors and presidents, and non-profit business leaders, Brandman students learn ground-breaking ideas and put them into practice immediately to transform the educational landscape in California. Teacher-training programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). For more information and to apply, visit http://www.brandman.edu.

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