CHICAGO – State Rep. Eva-Dina Delgado, D-Chicago, invites students and workers in the childcare industry to apply for available scholarship money for the upcoming school year through the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE).
“Illinois is facing a serious shortage of education professionals, and for early childhood education in particular” Delgado said. “This funding can help alleviate the burden of high tuition and educational expenses and prepare the early-childhood workforce for success.”
With help from grants and FAFSA aid, the ECACE scholarship can cover the full cost of tuition, housing, textbooks and other costs associated with the degree or credential. Licensed and license-exempt facilities whose workers serve newborns through 5 years of age are eligible for aid in addition to those who are currently enrolled.
In addition to supporting $54.4 million in new funding for childhood education programs that meet the needs of young, developing children, Delgado has long-supported education that helps meet the needs of our state. She helped pass Senate Bill 3990 which readies students for postsecondary education and careers, preparing them for the 21st century workforce.
“As a parent, I know how important early childhood care and education is for a child’s development. This scholarship opportunity will empower countless educators to continue their studies and advance their careers without having to worry about making ends meet,” Delgado said. “I encourage all eligible students and professionals to apply for this scholarship.”
For more information on the program and eligibility, visit https://www.isac.org/ECACEscholarship.