Scholarships and Financial Aid
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 www.miamiqualitycounts.org.
Quality Counts Scholarship Eligibility, Terms and Conditions
- Applicants must participate in the Quality Counts Training Registry, a database that records an individual's education and training.
- Applicants participate in the development and implementation of an Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP) with the support of a Quality Improvement Specialist.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Trainings, GED classes, tests, transcript translations and evaluations, as required prior to entry into a college program
- A variety of non-credit trainings for CEU's
- English proficiency classes
- Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC- formerly CDA Equivalent) classes for CEU's or college credits
- National CDA assessment
- Director credential classes
- Credit courses (up to 18 credits as non-degree students)
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.
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 TeachQuestions@thechildrensforum.com
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:
- Your Social Security Number or (if you are not a U.S. citizen) your Alien Registration Number;
- Your federal tax information or tax returns from the most recently completed tax year;
- Records for any untaxed income you received such as welfare, Social Security, and veterans benefits;
- Information on any savings accounts, investments, or business assets you own;
- All of the above information for your parents if you are including parent information; and
- Your driver's license number if you have one.
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:
- the student's expected family contribution (EFC);
- the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution);
- the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and
- whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.
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.
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.