Go to College for an Early Childhood Degree!
IdahoSTARS academic scholarships are designed to increase the level of education, reduce turnover, and increase wages within the early childhood workforce.
Scholarships are offered to child care providers working towards a certificate of early childhood education at seven colleges and universities in the state offering early childhood degrees.
In 1999 academic scholarships were offered through a grant funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Idaho Project design was based on T.E.A.C.H.® national guidelines and was administered through the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2008, the IdahoSTARS Academic Scholarship replaced the TEACH Scholarship Project to better fit with the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System.
Academic scholarship recipients were awarded 124 scholarships in 2004.
Since 1999, Idaho AEYC has awarded over 350 scholarships.
Scholarship recipients have seen on average of 13% increase in their wages since the project began.
The Kessler family at
Scholar Recognition 2004. Erlinda Kessler has been an academic scholarship recipient since 2001, earning her CDA Credential and AAS degree.
Jackie Kay and her two sons, Gavin and Elijah, at
Scholar Recognition 2004.