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Growing the Early Childhood Workforce

We're supporting the recovery and expansion of the early childhood workforce through a competitive grants process.

Our goal is to support programs that increase the number of qualified educators, at no cost to the participant, with a:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA), or
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

This grant application is open to institutions of higher education and educational and workforce development nonprofits. Applicants must provide coursework and degrees recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The Office of Early Childhood will fund applicants who meet three objectives:

Increase the number of early childhood educators entering the field:

  • with a Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • with a lead teacher credential, or
  • through an apprenticeship program.

Provide course work and wrap-around support to new and existing childhood education. This would be at no cost to participants.

Increase the number of early childhood educators who work in Boston. 

Grant Recipients

  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Urban College of Boston 
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Neighborhood Villages

Apply to An Early Childhood Credential Program

Applicants that earn credentials through this program must commit to working in an early childhood program in Boston for at least two years. If you are interested in applying to one of the early childhood credential programs, please contact one of the grant recipients below: 

Institute Name Point of Contact Email Address Degrees / Certifications Offered
Bunker Hill Community College Austin Gilliland agillila@bhcc.edu Associates Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Urban College of Boston José Rivas Jose.Rivas@urbancollege.edu Childhood Development Associates (CDA), CDA Renewals, Teacher Lead Certification, Associates Degree
UMASS Boston Deb Johnston-Malden debra.johnstonmalden@umb.edu Bachelor's Degree
Neighborhood Villages Claire Stevens Luneau  register@neighborhoodvillages.org CDA, Director's Certification, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
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