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KHEAA-Administered Programs

Early Childhood Development Scholarship

The scholarship provides financial aid to Kentucky students who are pursuing credentials in the field of early childhood education.

  • Student must:
    • Be a Kentucky resident.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
    • Be enrolled in a qualifying program of study at a participating institution 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.
  • Approved Credentials:
    • 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.
    • Master's degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education.
    • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate.
  • Award:
    • Up to full tuition and fees at a participating institution, not to exceed $6,305 per semester for the 2021-2022 year.
  • Application: