SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. – State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, invites those studying for and working in the early childhood education industry to apply for aid money for the upcoming 2022-23 school year through the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship. 

“Illinois faces a crisis regarding our shortage of education professionals, and this problem can be seen in our early childhood education centers. There is a need for educated, qualified and determined professionals, and this scholarship is going to help meet this need,” Jones said. “We can empower students and current professionals to meet the demands not only of our centers but also of families who want to know their children are in good hands.” 

The ECACE Scholarship, in addition to other scholarships or grants students receive, can cover the full cost of educational expenses. Those employed in both licensed and license-exempt facilities who care for newborns through 5 years of age are eligible for aid. 

Jones is a committed supporter of our childcare and education professionals. He passed a record $54.4 million investment in early childhood education in the state’s most recent budget. Through this investment and other efforts, Illinois families know that Jones is on their side. 

“The financial cost of education often discourages students and those in the workforce from furthering their education,” Jones said. “However, through this scholarship, we can help meet the demand for early childhood professionals. I encourage all to apply for this aid.” 

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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