Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Carl Albert State College, in association with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), have launched a program that will assist child care providers in Oklahoma in obtaining a college education. The Scholars Program will support this effort with technical assistance and other support services to help the child care providers achieve their goals. In addition, the Scholars Program will aid the scholars (child care providers) in applying for financial aid and scholarships to pay for their education.
How to advance your career
There are many steps you can take to advance your career as a child care professional.  The first step is to begin your education to earn credentioals such as the Child Development Associate (CDA)Credential and the Certificate of Mastery.  Earning these credentials can lead to many career benefits.  From there, many options are available for furthering your education to heighten your career.  By earning a CDA, early child care professionals will develop core competency skills.  You will learn how to nurture children in terms of emotional, physical, intellectual and social development.

At CASC, we offer courses for 4 credential options that the Scholar may achieve (in order of completion):

  1. CDA – Child Development Associate* (10 credit hours)
  2. CoM – Certificate of Mastery (19 credit hours)
  3. DCoC - Director's Certificate of Completion** (24 credit hours)
  4. AA – Associate of Arts in Child Development (63-65 credit hours)
The courses taken and credit earned will apply to the higher levels without loss of any credits.
*The national CDA Credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition to child care professionals who have successfully completed the CDA assessment process.  The education component for the CDA can be met through Pathway to CDA training or nine college credit hours of child development.
**The DC0C is awarded through the Scholar Program.  Some Restrictions may apply.
The potential benefits of earning a credential
  • Earn a promotion and/or more money.
  • Develop your professional skills.
  • Provide higher quality child care.
  • Network with professionals like yourself.
  • Become a more confident child care provider.
How to pay for it
The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program offers a scholarship for child care professionals like yourself.  With the Scholars Program, you can:
  • Get free books.
  • Pay only 30 percent of the tuition costs.
  • Earn Pell Grants for additonal aid, if qualified.
  • The Scholars Program coordinator is available to help you find out more about these and other financial aid opportunities.
Scholars Program Eligibility
To qualify for the Scholars Program, child care providers must:
  • Work in a one-star plus or above, OKDHS or tribal-licensed child care facility with a minimum of 1- percent subsidy children at time of application.
  • Work as a teacher, family child care provider or director at least 30 hours per week earning $15.50 or less per hour.
  • Be employed at a child care facility at least six months before beginning coursework.
  • Once approved, be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study.
Note:  Due to the availability of education and training funds, employees from federally funded child care programs are not eligible to participate in the scholarship.
Scholars Program benefits
Support services and technical assistance from the Scholars Progrm coordinator at CASC:
  • Recruitment and follow up with the Scholars at their child care facility
  • Assistance with Scholars Program tuition scholarship application
  • Assistance with CASC college admissions
  • Assistance with financial aid application and process
  • Academic advisement
  • Assistance with REWARD Oklahoma. See
  • Networking with other child care professionals.
  • Scholarships for coursework at career technology centers for the Pathway to CDA program.
  • Scholarships for coursework at community colleges and for the CDA Credential Assessment.


If you live in the following counties:

    • Adair
    • Cherokee 
    • Choctaw 
    • Haskell 
    • Latimer 
    • Leflore 
    • McCurtain 
    • Pushmataha
    • Sequoyah 

Call Verna Corley, Scholar Coordinator at (918) 647-1252 or email her at  For all others call (toll free) 866-343-3881 or 405-225-9395


The following hyperlinks are to child care related websites that are a great resource with helpful information for child care providers.  Click on the program listed below, then use your browser back arrow to the CASC webpage from these sites.


Oklahoma Department of Human Services

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