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Early Childhood Workforce Scholarships

Do you work in an early childhood center? Would you like to earn a credential, certificate, two year, four year or graduate degree? Fill out the Scholarship Application to schedule an appointment with an early childhood Career Advisor and review your eligibility for one or more scholarships.

The Early Childhood Career Development Center distributes funding each year for two scholarships:

Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship

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The QUALITYstarsNY Academic Scholarship
for teachers and leaders in participating QUALITYstarsNY programs

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Scholarship applications are now open to apply.


Make your appointment with Advisors:

NYC Long Island Southern Tier Mid-Hudson Western NY Finger Lakes Capital North Country Central Mohawk Valley
If you are seeking funding guidance for 2024, you MUST submit a NEW application. Please begin your application and select “2024”.

To ensure a successful and complete advisement and goal setting meeting with your advisor, please be prepared with the following information and items. If you are still in the application and enrollment phase with your college or have not applied, please notify your advisor.

  • If you have not completed the current year's scholarship application, please complete it. A new application is required EACH YEAR.
  • Personal ASPIRE ID (not the Organization ASPIRE ID number)
  • School ID number
  • School email address
  • School course codes, number of credits for each course
  • Ebill (PDF)
  • Student transcript of graded - PDF (for end of semester meetings and grade reporting)

Feel free to email this information ahead of time to your advisor.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Select the county below that you currently or most often work in for a list of SUNY-CUNY Workforce Scholarship information sessions in your region.

Select your regional Career Development Center

We now have Career Development Centers in all 10 economic development regions of New York State. Select the county you most often work, or plan to work in to help us match you with your regional team. We'll remember your selection for the next time you visit.

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I am truly grateful that I was awarded the CUNY/SUNY Workforce Scholarship and QSNY scholarships. Being awarded these scholarships have helped me to pursue my CPAC credential which will mark my career path. With your support, I now can study without the financial burden of paying for this course. Thank you for investing in my future by helping me to get one step closer to becoming an effective Childcare Program Administrator.

Junisha Morrison

The Workforce Scholarship gave me the opportunity to pursue my CPAC Credential for a future leadership position with my Head Start Program in Upstate New York. The program’s built-in support features, and working with the Career Center really assisted in a smooth transition back to school where I am enrolled at CUNY SPS!

Raina Cashdollar

The Scholarship makes it easier and financially possible to prepare for the real world. This scholarship allowed me, a teacher, to be more qualified.

Lilik Wijayanti

I have been blessed to receive the Workforce scholarship for my education courses. I am almost done. Words cannot describe how I feel. Many, many Thanks!

Fatima G.

I made a great decision to enroll at the CUNY School of Professional Studies CDA Program. I am happy and proud to say that I have earned my Child Development Associate Certificate in Preschool. The professors in the program are knowledgeable in the field of early childhood education and share the joy they have working in the early childhood field...

...Everything I learned in my classes has helped me as an assistant teacher in my classroom working with my students. I want to say how appreciative I am for the assistance of Ms. Claudine Campanelli and Ms. Maxine Barton for answering any questions I had about the CDA Program; I always felt welcome going to their office. I was guided on how to apply for scholarships as well helping me complete my portfolio. My portfolio was well-done and I will always treasure the experience I had in the CDA Program. After earning a CUNY SPS CDA certificate, I wanted to earn the CDA from the National Credentialing Program. The CDA in CUNY SPS gave me the confidence to take the CDA Exam and the PD Verification Visit in my classroom. Thank you CUNY School of Professional Studies for helping me achieve my goals in obtaining the Preschool CDA certificate and the Preschool CDA from the National Credentialing Program.

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Elizabeth DiCarlo

Thanks to the CUNY/SUNY Workforce scholarship, I was able to attend Hudson Valley Community College, and receive my certificate in Early Childhood Administration. I was able to do my classes in the convenience of my home, online, after working 12 hours a day. With this certificate, I am able to get my Children's Program Administrator Credential. This was the last thing I needed to have the qualifications to become the director of the childcare center I plan to open this year. I am also able to show my children and friends that it is never too late to go to college! If you have a dream.... reach for it!

Tina Wescott
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