ELGIN, Ill. – State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, encourages current early-childhood workers or those in early-childhood education to apply for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) scholarship for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.
The funds are the result of a partnership between ECACE and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to help advance degree and credential goals of passionate workers and students.
“Early-childhood care workers and aspiring students were put under significant financial and personal stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Moeller said. “Through this funding, we can help ease the burden of those who are having trouble making ends meet.”
These funds, in addition to outside scholarships and grants, can cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, textbooks and other educational expenses. Those who are currently enrolled in an academic program are eligible for scholarships in addition to current workers in both licensed and license-exempt facilities who serve newborns through 5 years of age.
Moeller has been a longtime advocate for early-childhood education and workers. In the most recent budget, Moeller helped approve tens of millions of dollars in record funding that gives Illinois families the support they need.
“The attention and care that a child receives early in life are critical to their overall development, and I as a representative aim to do anything and everything I can to support families and children navigating this development,” Moeller said. “I encourage childcare professionals and aspiring students to apply for this scholarship.”
For more information on the program and eligibility, visit https://www.isac.org/ECACEscholarship.