Early Childhood Educator Scholarship Program                     

The EEC Scholarship Application will  OPEN on April 1!!

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:


                                          To learn more about ECE Scholarship click on this link.  

EEC and OSFA opened the Scholarship application for the upcoming academic year (September, 2022 - June, 2023).  Please apply soon if you're interested in using the scholarship to support costs of your degree program.  Remember that you need to submit a new FAFSA form first, and you must be 'matriculated' into an ECE degree program.  Please wait at least 72 hours after completing the FAFSA before submitting your scholarship application.  BIG NEWS!  The scholarship can also be used for educators who are seeking a Master's degree!  Please share with those you know who have a Bachelor's degree already. 



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





North Shore Community College

 Summer courses

*Priority deadline is April 10.  Applications received after that date will only be considered if we have space available.

*La fecha límite de prioridad es el 10 de abril. Las solicitudes recibidas después de esa fecha solo se considerarán si tenemos espacio disponible.

Course Name    

ECE101: Child Growth & Development - online with one Zoom class on 5/22 at night.

ECE101:  Child Growth & Development - in person in Lynn on Monday nights 6:30-9:20 pm - LIMITED SEATS

ECE103: Supporting the Young Child's Physical & Mental Health - online - LIMITED SEATS         

ECE104: Infant & Toddler Curriculum - online and in person in Lynn - Thursdays 6:15-9:45 pm

ECE105: Using the Expressive Arts - online w/ option to come to class in Lynn on Tuesdays 6:15-9:45 pm

ECE116:  Prosocial Guidance for Young Children - online and in Zoom on Mondays - 6:30-8:30 pm - LIMITED SEATS

ECE206: Supervision & Administration of Child Care Programs - online (this course is required for Director qualification)

ECE245:  Field Placement & Seminar 1 (6 credits) - restricted to existing OST cohort only - VERY LIMITED SEATS

          To apply click here

To view course descriptions click here

En Español-Child Growth & Developement- 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




Northern Essex Community College

 Spring Semester

Course Name

ECE104: Child Growth & Development (In-person, Thursday Nights – 6:30PM to 8PM) (Haverhill Campus) https://forms.gle/kvHMJrXz11LGnBnn8

ECE101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (In-person, Tuesday Nights – 6:30PM to 8PM) (Lawrence Campus) https://forms.gle/7tPdor6Ye6kZJ6XD7

ECE123: Inclusive Practices for Young Children with Special Needs (Fully Online) https://forms.gle/T1AV2prRA9mWX3Cj6

Current Emerging Leaders Cohort: Internal application available, please reach out to Sharline at sdelrosario@necc.mass.edu for your Spring application links.

Cursos en Espanol:

ECE104: Desarollo y Crecimiento Infantil (En persona, Miercoles en la noche – 6:30PM hasta 8PM) (En Lawrence) https://forms.gle/wTLMoK8KSYVPXezc7

ECE113: Entornos de Aprendizaje para Bebés y Niños Pequeños (En persona, Jueves en la noche – 6:30PM hasta 9:10PM) (En Lawrence) https://forms.gle/3yba5B95Wcg6HjgD6



For more information or advising, contact:

Doris Buckley, Ed.D

Northern Essex Community College 

100 Elliott Street  Haverhill – Room C304I




Sharline Del Rosario (habla español)

Special Programs Coordinator

Office Haverhill – C304I






Salem State University 

Spring Semester

Salem State University offers courses toward a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree for R3P/Career Pathways students.

Would you like to work toward a Bachelor's or Master's degree at Salem State University through the Career Pathways grant? To be considered for the next cohort, beginning in January, 2023,



For students who are already enrolled in the SSU cohort and are continuing their studies,


To view course descriptions click 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.    


Can't find what you need here? Visit Neighborhood Villages site https://neighborhoodvillage.force.com/s/

Professional Pathways is a Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Neighborhood Villages resource designed to help early educators enroll in higher education courses towards a credential and advance their careers in early education.