Why is continued professional development important?

Professional development is the process of gaining knowledge or skills from education. Some common terms used interchangeably for professional development may include in-service, annual training, conferences, workshops, college courses, or seminars. To be effective, professional development needs to be thoughtful, reflective, and guided by established goals. As a professional in the early care and education field, it is important to continue to expand your knowledge and skills in order to be prepared to provide high quality care and support to young children and their families. 

KCCTO is committed to ensuring high quality early education and care in Kansas. KCCTO Progression of Professional Development Scholarships will help Kansas providers expand their knowledge and skills through continued professional development.

 

Who can apply for Progression of Professional Development Scholarships?

Progression of Professional Development Scholarships are awarded to Kansas child care providers who currently work in licensed child care programs.

 

What types of scholarships does KCCTO offer?

  • In-Service Training (online, community-based training, or statewide conference)
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Training (online, community-based training, or statewide conference)
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)* Credential Training (in-service or college credit)
  • Early Childhood Community College Courses (Associates degree, Kansas Director's Credential, or Early Childhood Certificate)

*KCCTO also offers a separate CDA Scholarship, which when awarded pays the Council for Professional Recognition's $425 CDA Credential appliation fee. Visit the KCCTO CDA Resource Center for more information about this scholarship.

 

In-Service Training Scholarship

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for any KDHE approved community-based training, statewide conference, or online training offered by Kansas organizations.

Before submitting an application, please review the In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship POLICIES AND PROCEDURESwhich includes information on:

  • Course/Training Criteria
  • Scholarship Applicant Responsibilitiy
  • KCCTO Responsibility
  • Application Steps
  • How KCCTO awards In-Service Scholarship Funds
  • Required Documentation
  • Application Deadlines

Apply for an In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship now!

 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Training Scholarship

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for any community-based training, statewide conference, or online training approved for CEUs and offered by Kansas organizations that have authority to offer CEUs.

Before submitting an application, please review the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship POLICIES AND PROCEDURESwhich includes information on:

  • Course/Training Criteria
  • Scholarship Applicant Responsibilitiy
  • KCCTO Responsibility
  • Application Steps
  • How KCCTO awards CEU Scholarship Funds
  • Required Documentation
  • Application Deadlines

 Apply for a Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship now!

 

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Training Scholarship

CDA Training scholarships are available for either in-service training or community college courses. More information about KCCTO's CDA Scholarship for the Council for Professional Recognition's $425 CDA Credential application fee can be found at the KCCTO CDA Resource Center. Additionally, visit the KCCTO CDA Resource Center for information about the KCCTO CDA Training Track. The CDA Training Track allows providers access to up to 120 clock hours of training at a discounted rate. All courses available through the CDA Training Track meet the Council for Professional Recognition's professional development requirements.

 

In-Service CDA Training

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for any KDHE approved community-based or online training offered by Kansas organizations.

Before submitting an application, please review the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship POLICIES AND PROCEDURESwhich includes information on:

  • Course/Training Criteria
  • Scholarship Applicant Responsibilitiy
  • KCCTO Responsibility
  • Application Steps
  • How KCCTO awards CDA In-Service Scholarship Funds
  • Required Documentation
  • Application Deadlines

Apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential In-Service Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship now!

 

Community College or Vo-Tech CDA Courses

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Community College Courses Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for any course from a Kansas community college or vo-tech that meets CDA Credentialing Professional Education requirements. A list of accredited Kansas community colleges and vo-techs with early childhood programs can be found at the bottom of this page.

Before submitting an application, please review the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Community College Courses Progression of Professional Development Scholarship POLICIES AND PROCEDURESwhich includes information on:

  • Course/Training Criteria
  • Scholarship Applicant Responsibilitiy
  • KCCTO Responsibility
  • Application Steps
  • How KCCTO awards CDA College Credit Scholarship Funds
  • Required Documentation
  • Application Deadlines

Apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Community College Courses Progression of Professional Development Scholarship now!

 

Early Childhood Community College Courses Scholarship

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Early Childhood Community College Course Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for any course approved for the Kansas Director’s Credential or included in the Program of Study for an Early Childhood Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, or Early Childhood Certificate. Information about the Kansas Director's Credential and a list of accredited Kansas community colleges with early childhood programs can be found at the bottom of this page.

Before submitting an application, please review the Early Childhood Community College Course Progression of Professional Development Scholarship POLICIES AND PROCEDURESwhich includes information on:

  • Course/Training Criteria
  • Scholarship Applicant Responsibilitiy
  • KCCTO Responsibility
  • Application Steps
  • How KCCTO awards Community College Credit Scholarship Funds
  • Required Documentation
  • Application Deadlines

Apply for an Early Childhood Community College Course Progression of Professional Development Scholarship now!

 

Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential

The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC) regulates the Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential: "The Credential provides directors with a pathway to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to be successful in the early learning industry. The Credential will also provide a system to recognize and document these achievements." 

Visit the KSAEYC website to learn more about the Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential.

 

Accredited Kansas Community Colleges and Vo-Techs with Early Childhood Programs