CHICAGO  – State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, invites current childhood education workers and enrolled students to apply for available aid money for the upcoming school year through the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship. 

“Communities like mine are facing a shortage of educated, qualified and driven professionals in the early childhood education field,” Andrade said. “Being able to cover the full cost of an education will help invite people to not only become professionals in this field but also help current workers advance their careers.” 

In addition to other aid, applicants for the ECACE Scholarship will be able to cover the full cost of tuition, housing, educational materials, among other expenses incurred. Licensed and license-exempt facility workers are eligible to apply. 

Andrade has a strong history of supporting higher education and access to the programs and services that empower people to pursue their dreams. He supported Senate Bill 101, which requires public universities commission reports on how they can best cut costs for students and their families. He also helped pass Senate Bill 3990 which helps school counselors to expand career options for students. 

“The cost of quality education that empowers students is far greater than students or their families can meaningfully afford, but this scholarship will go a long way in helping them cover the cost of education,” Andrade said. “I encourage eligible students and current workers to apply for this aid money.” 

While the program’s July 15, 2022 priority deadline has passed, funding remains available and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission anticipates that it will continue awarding additional scholarships as eligible applications are submitted.

For more information on the program and eligibility, visit


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