Early Childhood Professional Development Scholarships

KCCTO offers scholarships to help early childhood providers continue to grow their career and expertise. Please view the drop-down menus below for each of our scholarship details, how to apply and the policies and procedures.

Scholarship Opportunities

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 early childhood online or in-person training for personal or professional growth opportunities, annual licensure requirements, or CDA professional education requirements.

Scholarship Details

Type of Professional Development

In-Service training types:

Please note that starting November 1, 2023, KCCTO will no longer be offering in-service training scholarships for our courses. However, some exceptions may apply, which will be indicated in the course description. Please be aware that you will still be able to enroll in KCCTO courses at an affordable price while receiving the same high-quality training you have come to expect.

  • Online Training
  • In-Person Training

Training must be:

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) approved, OR
  • Offered by an agency with authority to offer CEUs and content approved for CEUs

Scholarship Applicant must:

  • Be currently employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas
  • Complete training registration and provide verification to KCCTO
  • Complete training
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO

KCCTO will:

  • Pay online or in-person registration costs of courses up to a maximum per person $200 per year (July – June)
  • Maximum per facility $750 per year (July – June)
  • Pay registration costs for up to 120 clock hours of training (maximum of $400) for CDA training programs
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the training event or registration closing if requesting a pay-in-advance scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

*Group Registrations: Facilities with 6 or more individuals applying for the same scholarship type must contact KCCTO for further instruction.

For more information or questions prior to applying, email kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures Document HERE.

Higher Education Scholarship

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Higher Education Progression of Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for early childhood courses at accredited institutions of higher education in Kansas.

Scholarship Details

Type of Professional Development

Early Childhood College Courses for:

  • Continuing Education
  • CDA Preparatory Courses
  • Early Childhood Certificate
  • Associate Decree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A, B.S.)

Course must be:

  • From an accredited institute of higher education in Kansas
  • An early childhood education course
  • No more than 6 credit hours per semester

Scholarship Applicant must:

  • Be currently employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas
  • Be currently employed in a qualifying licensed exempt facility, e.g., USD
  • Use any other available financial aid (including the KS Promise Scholarship) prior to applying for this scholarship
  • Complete course enrollment
  • Complete course with a “C” grade or higher
  • Provide Verification of course completion to KCCTO

KCCTO will:

  • Pay 100% of the cost of the tuition of up to 6 credit hours per semester, pending verification of use of any other available financial aid
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the training event or registration closing if requesting a pay-in-advance scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

For more information or questions prior to applying, email kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures HERE

State and National Conference Training Progression of Professional Development Scholarship

This scholarship can be used for early childhood online or face-to-face statewide or national conferences for personal or professional growth opportunities, annual licensure requirements, or CDA professional education requirements.

Scholarship Details

Statewide Conference:

Training must be:

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) approved, OR
  • Offered by an agency with Authority to offer CEUs and content approved for CEUs

Applicant Must:

  • Currently be employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas
  • Complete training registration and provide verification to KCCTO
  • Complete training
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO
  • Verify that the conference meets the KDHE or CEU requirement

KCCTO Will:

  • Pay State conference attendance costs of up to maximum per person $800 (including registration, membership if applicable, CEU fees, travel, and lodging) per year (July – June)
  • Maximum per facility $8,000 per year (July – June)
  • SEE Page 4 for travel and lodging reimbursement details.
  • SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER FOOD EXPENSES.

National Conference

Scholarship Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Be currently employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas
  • Find or request the conference CEU(s) from the conference organization and submit with your scholarship application. This may be an additional cost to request but can be covered with your scholarship.
  • Submit online scholarship application
  • After receiving scholarship approval, complete conference registration and provide verification to KCCTO
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO

KCCTO will:

  • Pay attendance costs of up to $2400 per person/calendar year (including registration, membership fees, CEU fees, travel, and lodging)
  • Maximum per facility $4800 per year (July-June)
  • SEE Page 4 for travel and lodging reimbursement details
  • SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER FOOD EXPENSES.
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the training event or registration closing if requesting a pay-in-advance* scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

*Note: Pay-in-Advance scholarships only apply to registration fees when arrangements can be made. Travel and lodging expenses may be submitted for reimbursement after attending the conference. DOES NOT COVER FOOD EXPENSES.

*Group Registrations: Facilities with 6 or more individuals applying for the same scholarship type must contact KCCTO for further instruction.

For more information or questions prior to applying, email kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures HERE

Conferences

Looking for a State or National Conference to attend? Here are some upcoming State and National professional development events to check out.

*Please Note: Facilities with 6 or more individuals applying for the same scholarship type must contact KCCTO for further instruction.

Endorsements and Credentials Scholarship

Any Kansas provider currently working in a licensed child care facility is eligible to apply for the Pediatric First Aid and CPR Professional Development Scholarship.

Endorsements and Credentials of Professional Development Scholarships are eligible to Kansas providers working in a licensed child care facility and meeting the requirements of the endorsement or credential type.

Scholarship Details

Pediatric First Aid and CPR

Endorsement/Credential Criteria:

  • Training must be accepted by KDHE Child Care Licensing

Applicant Must:

  • Currently be employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas

KCCTO Will:

  • Pay Certification Fee up to $85

KS Director’s Credential

Criteria:

  • Training must be issued by the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC)

Applicant must:

KCCTO will:

  • Pay $100 Credential Application Fee
  • Pay $30 Membership to state approved professional association
  • Pay for College Coursework in Leadership and Mangement (maximum of $1300 for up to 9 credit hours)
  • *See Higher Education Scholarship Policies & Procedures for reimbursement requirements https://kccto.org/providers/scholarships/#advgb-tabs-tab2

National Director’s Credential

Applicant must:

  • Be the Director of a licensed facility in Kansas
  • Complete a 9 self-paced, interactive online Aim4Excellence learning modules
  • Participate in monthly check-in calls with KCCTO Professional Development Support Specialist (PDSS)
  • Participate in a Cohort Zoom meetings with other professionals working towards the same goal

KCCTO will:

  • Pay $1,750 registration fee-McCormick Aim4Excellence Learning Modules
  • PDSS will provide direct support

Endorsements

Other ECE endorsements and credentials will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Criteria:

  • To be determined – Applicants are encouraged to call to speak with a scholarship specialist prior to application submission

Applicant must:

  • Be currently employed at a licensed child care facility in Kansas

KCCTO will:

  • Pay eligible fees
How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

*Group Registrations: Facilities with 6 or more individuals applying for the same scholarship type must contact KCCTO for further instruction.

For more information or questions prior to applying, email kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures HERE.

Support Service Provider Scholarship

A professional working in the Kansas ECCE workforce whose work directly supports licensed child care professionals and programs AND a high school CTE and FCS teacher is eligible to apply for the Support Service Provider Scholarship. This scholarship can be used for early childhood online or in-person training or statewide or national conferences for professional growth opportunities.

Scholarship Details

In-Service Trainings:

Online or In-Person Training

Training must:

  • Indicate evidence based or best practice foundation of content
  • Pediatric first aid/CPR instructor certification
  • Training of trainers
  • Examples:
    • Better Brains for Babies
    • Strengthening Business Practices
    • FLIP IT
    • ASQ

Applicant Must:

  • Professionals working in the Kansas ECCE workforce who directly support licensed child care professionals and programs
  • Complete training registration
  • Complete training
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO

KCCTO Will:

  • Pay for Pediatric first aid/CPR instructor certification: Application fees and materials
  • Pay for Training of trainers: Attendance costs including registration, materials, curriculum
  • Travel and/or lodging if necessary to complete training requirements as a reimbursement

In-State or National Conference

Training must:

  • Indicate evidence based or best practice foundation of content

Scholarship applicant must:

  • Professionals working in the Kansas ECCE workforce who directly support licensed child care professionals and programs
  • Complete training registration
  • Complete training
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO

KCCTO will:

  • Pay registrations in Advance when possible.
  • Travel and/or lodging expenses will be paid as a reimbursement.
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the training event or registration closing if requesting a pay-in-advance* scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

*Note: Pay-in-Advance scholarships only apply to registration fees when arrangements can be made. Travel and lodging expenses may be submitted for reimbursement after attending the conference.

For more information or questions prior to applying, email kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures HERE.

Facility Accreditation

The Facility Accreditation scholarship is available for child care programs licensed by the Department of KS Health and Environment.

Scholarship Details

Facility Accreditations

Types Include:

  • NAFCC, NAEYC and other ECE accreditations

Applicant Must:

  • Facility must be a licensed child care program in Kansas
  • Complete training registration
  • Complete training
  • Participant in cohort monthly virtual peer community calls (NAFCC)
  • Provide verification of training completion to KCCTO

KCCTO Will:

  • Pay registration costs of accreditation courses up to a max per facility.
    • NAFCC – $945
    • NAEYC – $2,182 (average)
    • Other eligible fees
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the training event or registration closing if requesting a pay-in-advance scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

Questions?

NAFCC: For more information prior to applying contact Bray Jermark at kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

NAEYC: For more information prior to applying contact Tara Glanton at kccto@ksu.edu or call 785-532-7197.

Policies & Procedures

View Policies & Procedures HERE.

Questions?

Submit your question with our online Connect With Us form about scholarships or join one of our LIVE Scholarship Information Sessions!

Looking for Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential information?

Visit KCCTO’s CDA Resource Center for CDA scholarship details and applications.


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