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KHEAA-Administered Programs

Early Childhood Development Scholarship

The scholarship provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing one of the following:

  • Child Development Associate Credential.
  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education.
  • Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority.
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate.
    • Student must:
      • Be a Kentucky resident.
      • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
      • Be enrolled no more than 9 credit hours per term in the scholarship program curriculum at a participating school pursuing one of the approved credentials.
      • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
      • Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state‐funded pre‐school program.
      • Not be eligible for state or federal training funds through Head Start, a public preschool program, or First Steps.
      • Have no unpaid financial obligation to KHEAA or to any other Title IV program.
      • Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.
  • Award:
    • Up to $1,800 per award year, not to exceed tuition charged by the school.
  • Application: