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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Quality Counts Career Center Educational Scholarship funded by The Children's Trust

The Quality Counts Career Center and Quality Counts educational scholarships are funded by The Children's Trust to raise program quality and educational levels of early care and education programs and practitioners in Miami-Dade County. For more information about the Quality Counts initiative, visit

Quality Counts Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions

  1. Applicants must participate in the Quality Counts Training Registry, a database that records an individual's education and training.
  2. Applicants participate in the development and implementation of an Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP) with the support of a Quality Improvement Specialist.
  3. Applicants must present proof of current employment (minimum of 20 hours per week) in a licensed or legally license-exempt child care program or related service agency in Miami-Dade County. Child care programs may be private for-profit, not-for profit, faith-based, or publicly-operated. Applicants must work directly with children, such as teachers and assistant teachers, or provide support services to early child care and education programs, such as directors, coaches and curriculum specialists.
  4. Applications for Quality Counts educational scholarships are submitted in writing and must be approved prior to the start of the education or training course. Applicants must agree to the Quality Counts scholarship policies, and provide all required documentation.
  5. To maintain eligibility for a Quality Counts educational scholarship, participants must successfully complete all coursework or training.

Training Expenses Eligible for Quality Counts Scholarships
Quality Counts scholarships may cover the cost of coursework and trainings that contribute to the professional development of early care and education practitioners, including:

Applicants interested in achieving college degrees in early childhood at the Associate or Bachelor level will be referred to the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships

The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program funded by the Florida Office of Early Learning provides scholarships for early care educators to work towards earning an Associate and/or Bachelor degree or credentials in early childhood education. The T.E.A.C.H. program works with over 60 colleges, universities, vocational technical schools, and community-based training institutions throughout the state.

To learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® program or to become a participant contact: 1-877-FLTEACH (1-877-358-3224) or visit the Florida T.E.A.C.H. web page or email

Public & Institutional Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by virtually all two- and four-year colleges, universities and career schools for the awarding of federal student aid and most state and college aid.

To complete a FAFSA, you will need the following information:

Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on:

To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be submitted by the end of June to be eligible for aid in the following academic year.

Visit the Federal Pell Grant Program website for complete eligibility information, overall funding status, and the applicable laws.

Other Aid
Many Colleges and Universities offer scholarship programs for students entering their schools. Please visit the financial aid office or website of your school of choice.

Financial aid offices use information from the FAFSA to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid from grants, loans and work-study programs. States and schools also use the information from the FAFSA to determine if you qualify for additional aid. So be sure to fill out a FAFSA even if you think you won't qualify for federal aid.

Quality Counts Career Center

7925 NW 12 Street, Suite 106 · Doral, FL 33126
Telephone: 305-639-2726 · Fax: 1-888-655-1368

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