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Early Achievers Grant

What is an Early Achievers Grant?

The Early Achievers Grant is a student financial aid program to help employed child care providers and early learning educators complete certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education. 


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Washington state resident or have a valid work visa.
  • Be employed as a child care provider at a child care center, family child care business or Head Start/ECEAP program that is actively participating in the Department of Children, Youth & Families Early Achievers.  
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours a week or 40 hours a month at an eligible child care program.
  • Have worked in the eligible program for a minimum of three months.
  • Intend to enroll in an approved Early Childhood Education program at the college.
  • Make a formal application to the college.

Services Provided 

  • Funding for:
    • Tuition and fees up to 52 credits to be used within four years.
    • Required books and supplies up to $1,000
  • Students may also get:
    • Tutoring
    • Career planning
    • Mentoring
    • Loaned textbooks, calculators or laptops
    • College success classes
    • Emergency child care
    • Emergency transportation

Application Process 

Contact the Early Achievers Grant point-of-contact at your community or technical college.

This staff person will help you apply and take your next steps. For additional assistance, please contact Anna Nikolaeva, Policy Associate, SBCTC.

Early Achievers Scholars

The Washington Early Achievers grant helps students earn ECE college courses and connects students to mentors, personal development and training tools.

Watch the video to hear how the grant helped early childhood education (ECE) providers and early learning teachers enrich their professional and personal skills.


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Last Modified: 4/28/22, 2:26 PM

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