FCC Receives Grant to Help Child Care Workers Earn a College Degree

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Grant comes from Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)

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Frederick Community College has been awarded a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF) for the 11th year in a row. The $59,381 grant will pay for tuition, fees, and books for FCC students working in the child care field.

“We are proud of our students who work in the child care field and provide a critical service to families in our community,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “We thank the Maryland State Department of Education for this funding that helps our students get the training and experience needed so that they in turn can provide the best learning environment for the young children in their care.”

The funding helps students who are enrolled in the early childhood or elementary education degree programs at FCC and who work in a licensed child care center or licensed home daycare.

Over the last decade, this grant has helped approximately 150 students work toward their degree at FCC.

“This grant has made a college degree possible for many students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it,” said Delaine Welch, early childhood education program manager at FCC. “Having a college degree opens doors for child care providers, and gives them more opportunities to advance in their career and earn more for themselves and their families.”

For more information on this grant, contact Delaine Welch at dwelch@frederick.edu.

For more information on the early childhood or elementary education degree programs at FCC, click here.

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