Early Childhood Educator Scholarship Program                     

The ECE Scholarship Program was established by the Massachusetts Legislature to increase the credentials and qualifications of the early education and care workforce. The ECE Scholarship is available annually and is a joint initiative between the Department of Higher Education (DHE) Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). 

The scholarship assists early educators and after school/out of school time professionals in pursuing certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree programs, offered by participating Massachusetts colleges or universities. Scholarship applicants may receive financial assistance up to 11 credits per semester in the fall, spring and summer (subject to funding availability). Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be residents of Massachusetts, matriculated students, working in an EEC-licensed or licensed-exempt program (center based care, outof-school time care, or family child care).

Eligible applicants must work a minimum of 20 hours per week and must have been employed for a minimum of six months, in a program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care(EEC). For complete details about the ECE Scholarship, or to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-the-early-childhood-educators-ece-scholarship 

The 2024-25 Early Childhood Educators Scholarship (ECE) application is now open!

virtual information sessions about the ECE Scholarship.  Mon 8/5- all at 7:00 PM. 2024-2025 ECE Scholarship Application Walk-Through. ECE Scholarship Student Guide

               To learn more about different funding streams for courses and degrees click on this link.  



The North Shore Community College Career Pathways grant partnership offers college courses, advising and support to eligible participants for free or at a significantly reduced cost. Each college provides different courses and services, so it is important to know which program and location best meets your needs and goals.  





North Shore Community College

Fall 2024 courses!

Pending funding**

ECE101– Child Growth & Development Online (with 1 zoom on 9/18 at 6:30 p.m.) 9/18-12/17

ECE101– Child Growth & Development Online (with 1 zoom on 9/18 at 6:30 p.m.) 9/18-12/17

ECE124– Intro to CDA and Portfolio (6 credits) Hybrid - Zoom Monday nights-6:15p – 9:45p 9/4-12/17

ECE206 – Supervision and Administration of ECE Programs – Emerging Leaders- online 1st 7-week 

ECE103 – Supporting the Young Child’s Physical & Mental Health – Emerging Leaders- online

2nd 7-week- 10/30-12/17 

ECE105 – Using the Expressive Arts with Young Children-Hybrid -  Zoom or F2F-9/4-12/17

 Apply here 

Course Descriptions


Cursos en Español/Spanish Courses

ECE101– Child Growth & Development - Desarrollo y Crecimiento- Hybrido Zoom
Miercoles en la noche 6:30-9 pm

ECE124– Intro to CDA and Portfolio (6 credits)-CDA en Español-Hybrido -  Zoom Sabados 9-12 noon


Aplicar aqui 

Contextualized ESL application form/clases de ingles aplicar aqui 

For more information or advising, contact:

Kathy Gallo, M.Ed.

North Shore Community College
Office location – 300 Broad St.  LYNN – room E-217

781-593-6722 X6249


Mercedes Villar, M.Ed. (hablo Español)

North Shore Community College
Office location – 300 Broad St.  LYNN – room E-219

781-593-6722 X6253




Salem State University 

EEC 204.804 Screentime, Media, & Technologies in the Early Years Instructor TBD 09/05, 09/19, 10/03, 10/17, 11/07, 11/21, 12/12

EDC/EDG 405/705 Culturally Responsive Teaching Instructor: Fabiane Noronha  09/12, 09/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 12/05, 12/19

Apply here


For more information or advising, contact:

Christina Cassano, Ed.D.
Salem State University



Contact Johannah Morgen jmorgen@salemstate.edu

for any questions about transfer programs.