Get Paid to Pursue Your Dreams!

  • Earn a child care certificate from CCV in just two semesters and get paid doing it!
  • Upon completion of the certificate program, students will qualify to be a Teacher Associate in a licensed or registered ECE program.
  • Students can also choose to continue their postsecondary education to the associate and/or bachelor’s degree level and will have support from an experienced VTAEYC Counselor while they build the foundation for a rewarding career in early childhood education.

Overview:

The Curtis Fund Commitment is a scholarship program from The Curtis Fund in partnership with CCV and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC).

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees at CCV ($6,920). Beginning in fall 2023, the scholarship program pays you a stipend each semester ($6,000 for full-time enrollment or $3,000 for part-time). The stipend can be used to cover housing, food, transportation, books, or other needs.

This program is for 2023 high school graduates that complete a Career Technical Education (CTE) program in early childhood education and/or human services and are continuing on to complete CCV’s child care certificate program.

How to Apply:

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Vermont Grant Application through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Students can then complete the application and email it to info@vtaeyc.org.

For More Information:

VTAEYC is partnering with The Curtis Fund and CCV to manage the application and determine student eligibility. Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, you can contact us by emailing info@vtaeyc.org or calling 802-387-0870. You can also contact CCV’s financial aid team by emailing financialaid@ccv.edu or by calling 802-262-6557.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is The Curtis Fund Commitment scholarship program?

The Curtis Fund Commitment is a scholarship program from The Curtis Fund in partnership with CCV and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC). The scholarship covers tuition and fees plus a monthly stipend beginning in fall 2023. This program is for 2023 high school graduates that complete a Career Technical Education (CTE) program in early childhood education and/or human services and are continuing on to complete CCV’s child care certificate program.

When does this scholarship begin?

This scholarship begins in fall 2023.

Who is eligible for The Curtis Fund Commitment?

Eligible students are high school graduates of 2023 who complete a Career Technical Education program in early childhood education and/or human services and are continuing on to enroll in CCV’s child care certificate program. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Vermont Grant Application through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

What costs are covered?

The Curtis Fund Commitment scholarship program pays for any remaining tuition and fees after any federal or state financial aid. Students are required to complete the FAFSA and the Vermont Grant Application through VSAC. To learn more about financial aid, visit ccv.edu/finaid.

Eligible full-time students may receive up to $6,000 in a stipend, paid out in monthly installments, per semester. Part-time students may receive up to $3,000, paid out monthly, per semester. To receive these awards, students must be enrolled at least half-time. This stipend is paid directly to students by VTAEYC.

I am currently enrolled in CCV’s child care certificate program. Am I eligible?

No. Unfortunately, this is only available to eligible students that graduate high school in 2023. CCV does offer a comprehensive financial aid program to help you finance your education through grants, loans, and scholarships. We have a number of scholarship programs that may fully cover your tuition and fees!

What can I study to receive The Curtis Fund Commitment?

Students must enroll in the child care certificate program at CCV.

What kinds of resources and supports are available for students?

All CCV students are paired with an academic advisor who helps you meet your educational goals. Your advisor will help you plan for graduation and transfer, explore career options, set goals, choose and register for classes, address any academic or other concerns or issues, and connect you with other College or external resources that can help you succeed in school.
CCV students are also assigned a financial aid counselor who can help you apply for and receive financial aid and guide you in paying for your education.
Students have access to 24/7 online tutoring, extensive academic resources through the Hartness Library, student governance and leadership opportunities, an online writing center, comprehensive career services, and a wide range of external resources that can support you with transportation, child care, food, and more.
VTAEYC has a team of experts in the field of Early Childhood Education for you to access with any questions, comments or needs you may have regarding your career in ECE after you graduate.

I need to work and go to school at the same time, so it will be hard for me to take a full-time course load. Is the deadline to complete the program flexible?

Curtis Fund Commitment students must complete the child care certificate program within two years. Students must be enrolled in at least two courses (or 6 academic credits) per semester in order to receive the scholarship and stipend. Students must also maintain academic and federal financial aid eligibility.

Students should work closely with their advisor to develop a plan to complete their program within two years.

Do CCV credits transfer to bachelor’s degree programs?

Yes! It’s easy to transfer your credits to bachelor’s degree programs, and completing your first two years at CCV is a great way to save money on a four-year degree. CCV has agreements with four-year colleges and universities across Vermont and New England. Learn more about all of your options at ccv.edu/transfer.

Upon completion of the child care certificate program, students are also encouraged to continue forward into CCV’s early childhood education associate degree program.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

VTAEYC is partnering with The Curtis Fund and CCV to manage the application and determine student eligibility. You can contact VTAEYC’s Workforce Development Team by emailing info@vtaeyc.org or calling 802-387-0870. You can also contact CCV’s financial aid team at 802-262-6557, or email us at financialaid@ccv.edu.