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Mini-grants available to higher ed to align coursework addressing needs of infants and toddlers 

  • Applications due April 14, 2017


The Pennsylvania Key on behalf of OCDEL is offering Institutions of Higher Education the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to align courses for early learning professionals working with infants and toddlers to Pennsylvania's Core Knowledge Competencies.

Higher Education Institutions may apply for up to $15,000 to complete this work. Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education that offer infant/ toddler specific coursework. Institutions of Higher Education with Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development and or ECE Equivalent programs of study at the associate, baccalaureate or graduate levels and certificate programs.

  • Application Release March 15, 2017
  • Application questions due: 5:00 PM on March 25, 2017; submit questions to highereducation@pakeys.org.
  • Application Due Date: April 14, 2017
  • Funding Approval Notification: Mailed out on May 15, 2017

This initiative is a part of Pennsylvania's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant. For more information on other initiatives funded by this grant, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

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