Tarleton to pilot scholarship program for child, family studies students
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 26, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton has partnered with the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children to pilot a new scholarship program for students seeking a bachelor’s degree through the university’s Family and Consumer Sciences Child and Family Studies program.
Earlier this summer, Tarleton and TAEYC formalized a memorandum of agreement to provide scholarship opportunities for students working in licensed child care centers or regulated family child care homes. Known as T.E.A.C.H., the scholarship program will cover 80 percent of in-state tuition for 12 students at Tarleton.
Tarleton is one of two universities in Texas selected to pilot the scholarship program, said T.E.A.C.H. project director Jackie Taylor, with Stephen F. Austin State University being the other institution to partner with TAEYC.
According to TAEYC, T.E.A.C.H. is a research-based comprehensive strategy to educate and retain early childhood practitioners.
“One of the priorities with our T.E.A.C.H. scholarship project is that we reach every part of the state, and when we were looking at piloting the bachelor’s degree program we looked at the cost to the student and how much tuition was, and the other was the university’s reach,” said Taylor. “We looked at Tarleton because the tuition prices are very reasonable. Plus, Tarleton has campuses in Fort Worth and Waco, and we’ve got scholars in those areas.
“Our goal is to assist our associate degree scholars once they graduate and encourage them to obtain their bachelor’s degrees,” added Taylor. “The other great thing with Tarleton is the university’s articulation agreements that are in place because we require our scholars to have at least 55 to 60 hours towards an associate degree that can then transfer to a bachelor’s degree.”
Taylor said the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program is intended to increase the level of education among professionals in the child care industry in Texas. “Our goal is to get folks in the child care field educated because the state requires 24 clock hours but doesn’t require a degree. We know by research that the more education the teacher has, the better the outcomes for children,” said Taylor.
Currently, scholarships are available to those who work a minimum of 30 hours per week and make less than $15 per hour. Applicants must also work in a child care center or registered family child care home licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Once accepted, students must agree to a time commitment to the sponsoring child care facility for 18 months upon completion of a bachelor’s degree.
For more information about TAEYC or to apply for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, please visit www.texasaeyc.org/TEACH. To learn more about Tarleton’s Child and Family Studies degree program, visit www.tarleton.edu/humansciences.
Tarleton State University
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