P-3 and Leadership Financial Assistance Project

The goal of the project is to build early childhood teacher and leadership capacity in Montana through financial assistance to individuals pursuing course work leading to the new Montana ECE: P-3 teacher endorsement or an early childhood master’s degree.  Financial assistance will be awarded through an application process on a priority/eligibility basis with Preschool Development Grant targeted programs and communities in the higher priorities. 

The project was created through the federal Preschool Development Grant. The Financial Assistance Project is a collaboration between the Office of Public Instruction, the Department of Public Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services Bureau, MSU’s Early Childhood Project, the Montana Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium, and Montana institutions of higher education that are regionally accredited.

New-Starting summer semester 2018 applicants will be required to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for the P-3 scholarship. For more information visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Cohorts and Priorities 2018

P3 application UM-UMW-MSU NEW Fall 2018

P3 application SKC NEW Fall 2018

P3 application UM-UMW-MSU RENEWAL Fall 2018

P3 application SKC RENEWAL Fall 2018


Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Scholarship

The Early Childhood Project has been grateful to be able to provide the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential scholarship since 1999.  We hope this scholarship has supported you in achieving your professional goals in the field of early childhood.  Unfortunately, at this time, funding is no longer available to sustain this scholarship and they have been discontinued.  A sincere thank you for your continued dedication to high quality early experiences for children and families.


For more information about the CDA credential, go to www.cdacouncil.org

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation

The Early Childhood Project has been grateful to be able to provide the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation scholarship since 1999.  We hope this scholarship has supported you in achieving your professional goals in the field of early childhood.  Unfortunately, at this time, funding is no longer available to sustain this scholarship and they have been discontinued.  A sincere thank you for your continued dedication to high quality early experiences for children and families.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation

NAEYC SCHOLARSHPS WILL BE PROCESSED UNTIL CURRENT ALLOCATED FUNDING HAS BEEN SPENT. THIS SCHOLARSHIP MAY BE DISCONTIUED AT ANY TIME.

The NAEYC accreditation process is designed for child care centers, preschools, school-age programs, and kindergartens. Scholarships are available to help pay the costs of the four steps in the NAEYC accreditation process and for the Annual Report fee.

The Montana application for initial and renewal scholarships requests itemization of all accreditation costs. Please contact NAEYC to verify the costs of accreditation for your program.

When do I apply?
When you begin the application process with NAEYC.

For more information about NAEYC accreditation visit www.naeyc.org

Early Childhood Project-MSU
PO Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717
406.404.1624
1.800.213.6310

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