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.

The application for Summer and Fall terms will be posted here in mid-March. Please be aware that this grant funding is coming to an end and will be prioritized for students who have previously received this assistance.

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

Practitioner Registry Award for Achievement of GED or HiSET

The Practitioner Registry Award for Achievement of GED or HiSET can be completed by current Practitioner Registry participants that are at the Membership Status and achieve their GED or HiSET after October 1, 2018 and are eligible to move up on the career path

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in the Montana Scholarship Program for National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) accreditation. It is the intent of the scholarship program to promote NAFCC accreditation for state registered family and group child care homes. Application links for Steps 1-3 are listed below.
STEP 1-NAFCC Accreditation Scholarship
STEP 2-NAFCC Accreditation Scholarship
STEP 3-NAFCC Accreditation Scholarship

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


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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