EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, is announcing that scholarships from the 2022-23 school year are still available for those interested in getting degrees or credentials in early childhood education or childcare fields.
“Kids in our community deserve the best education in the country, and that starts with childcare and early education. Unfortunately, Illinois is currently facing a shortage of workers with degrees in that field. I encourage anyone interested in utilizing these scholarship opportunities to help fill that worker gap,” Greenwood said. “After a good education, jobs in this field are dependable, well-paying and a boon to working parents in the nearby community.”
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is encouraging former childcare workers or those interested in the field to apply for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) scholarship. This scholarship can cover students’ total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
More detailed information on the scholarship is available at the ISAC website: www.isac.org/ECACEscholarship.
“Working parents, single parents, any caregivers who are having difficulty taking care of their young children all day; they all are very familiar with the need for more trained childcare professionals,” Greenwood said. “Anyone working this job is playing an extremely important and beneficial role in the lives of numerous children and their families. These scholarships provide a simple, affordable path to those roles.”