Upskilling the Early Learning Workforce
Recognizing that one of the most important factors in school success is the capabilities of the adults who promote young children’s growth and learning, VECF is pleased to be part of an exciting new initiative to support one of Virginia’s most valuable workforces – early childhood professionals. In partnership with the Virginia Community College System, VECF will administer a scholarship program - Project Pathfinders - designed to increase the skills of early childhood professionals in preschool and child care settings by accessing community college coursework and credentials. Thanks to funding made available in the 2016-2018 biennial budget by Governor McAuliffe and the 2016 General Assembly, we look forward to the opportunity to ensure that Virginia has the best trained early education workforce.
Project Pathfinders Overview
Project Pathfinders Scholarship Application (Summer Semester 2017 Application period: March 15-April 20, Fall Semester 2017 Application period: June 15 – August 1.)
Important Notice: If you have been approved for a scholarship during the previous semester you DO NOT need to complete a new application. You will be contacted by the Pathfinders Scholarship Advisor with directions for making a request to renew your scholarship for the next semester.
Preview of Project Pathfinders Scholarship Application - (pdf version)
Registered Apprenticeship: A Win-Win Strategy for Early Childhood Employers and Practitioners
Registered Apprenticeship: Frequently Asked Questions
To promote this scholarship opportunity with potential applicants, below are one-page information sheets in print and electronic versions.
Project Pathfinders Application Information Sheet - print version
Project Pathfinders Application Information Sheet - electronic version
Frequently Asked Questions - updated June 9, 2016