Early Achievers Opportunity Grant

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Heather Robison
Early Achievers Opportunity Grant contact
253.680.7511

Early Achievers

Bates Technical College has financial aid available to help you further your career in early childhood education. Whether you are just beginning your post-high school education or want to move up the career ladder, we are here to help you.

Learn how to get started. Attend an Information Session at the South Campus Conference Room, A102A.

Monday, November 10 @ noon

Monday, November 24 @ noon

The Early Achievers Opportunity Grant provides funding (tuition and books) to help you earn the following in early childhood education:

  • State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • State Short Early Childhood Education Certificate of Specialization
  • State Early Childhood Education Certificate 
  • Associate degree

You can learn more about our certificate and degree options in Early Childhood Education/Child Care. Bates offers convenient evening, online and day classes.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Washington residency (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
  • Be employed (does not include volunteer hours) 10 hours or more per week at an Early Achievers childcare facility
  • Worked at the facility for a minimum of three (3) months.
  • Must have a GED or high school diploma
  • Complete an Early Achievers Opportunity Grant Application and Work History form