CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 21, 2009 – The Missouri Child Care Resource & Referral Network and Child Care Resource and Referral at Southeast Missouri State University announced yesterday that state Representatives Steve Hodges and Clint Tracey plan to honor early childhood teachers from Southeast Missouri Saturday, April 25, who have received T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MISSOURI Scholarships.
These awards assist with continuing the teachers’ education and commitment to providing quality care to children in the Southeast area. The celebration will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. This event will take place prior to Messy Morning, a celebration in behalf of Week of the Young Child.
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MISSOURI Scholarship program offers early childhood care providers in licensed centers and family or group homes scholarships to pursue a degree related to early childhood. This statewide program pays for 75 to 90 percent of books and tuition for nine to 15 college credit hours over three consecutive semesters, along with additional compensation to cover release time from work, a travel stipend for eligible recipients, and a bonus upon completion of a one-year contract. Recipients are sponsored by a child care program that assists with the cost of tuition and books in return for the recipient remaining at the sponsoring child care program for six months to a year upon completion.
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MISSOURI Scholarship program is funded through state and federal funds and was created to address the issue of low wages and high turnover among early child care providers, and to improve early learning opportunities for young children.
“T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarships are an important resource for child care providers on many different levels. Not only do they help child care workers succeed in following a career in early childhood and raise the level of early education that provider can offer the children in their care, but they help develop the workforce in one of Missouri’s largest industries,” said Dr. L. Carol Scott, executive director of the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network.
Starting in the fall 2008 semester, there were 226 T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MISSOURI Scholarship recipients in Missouri. These scholarships have assisted individuals in their process of obtaining an associate or bachelor’s degree. T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI anticipates awarding about 250 more scholarships for recipients whose award will begin with the spring 2009 term.
The Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network is funded through federal and state funds and provides coordinated, statewide child care resource and referral services to all 115 counties in the state of Missouri through eight regional agencies around the state. They help to ensure every early care and education provider is adequately trained, every parent has access to needed resources and every child in the state has access to a safe, rich learning environment during those most critical years of brain development.
Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Missouri State University provides resources and referral services to families and providers in Southeast Missouri. You can find more information about MOCCRRN, the Child Care Resource and Referral or the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Missouri at http://www.moccrrn.org/.