CCBC awarded MSDE grant of more than $163,000 to provide tuition assistance for degree programs for child care professionals
Nov 12, 2015The Community College of Baltimore County has been awarded a grant from Maryland State Department of Education for more than $163,000 for the continuation of the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund. This tuition-assistance program helps child care professionals obtain or continue their pursuit of a college education at participating colleges/universities in Maryland. The fund pays the cost of tuition, fees, and course-related textbooks for a CCBC degree in: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education and/or Special Education, as funding allows. Since 2008, CCBC has been awarded MSDE grant support for CCBC’s Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education programs in order to increase enrollment in these programs.
“Our students are not traditional full-time college students who graduate in two years. Instead, our students are typically working full-time and taking classes at a slower rate,” says Linda Gronberg-Quinn, director and department chair of Teacher Education at CCBC. “This is especially true of our students who are home childcare providers as they have difficulty finding coverage for the children for whom they provide care.”
Maryland’s current and future employment needs will continue to experience a shortage of early childhood teachers and workers in elementary schools, prekindergarten, day care centers, nursery schools and Head Start programs throughout the state.
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation projects the following occupational needs for Maryland between 2012 and 2022 in total openings (new and replacement):
- Preschool Teachers: 2,228 total openings;
- Kindergarten Teachers: 1,010 total openings;
- Elementary School Teachers: 8,454 total openings
Ms. Gronberg-Quinn reiterates. “Realizing the shortages in this area, our goal is to research more efficient means of providing the education required by childcare providers in order to meet workforce needs for today and the future.”
For information about the Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education and/or Special Education programs at CCBC, contact Linda Gronberg-Quinn at 443-840-4153 or visit the CCBC website at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/teachered.