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Labor and Economic Opportunity – Child care professionals encouraged to explore tuition-free opportunities

Childcare professionals are encouraged to explore tuition-free opportunities

Michigan Reconnect and TEACH Early Childhood Michigan Collaborate to Host a Webinar on December 15 Highlighting Scholarships

December 10, 2021
Media contact: Austin Fox, 517-526-2632

The Office of Sixty by 30 will host an informational webinar on December 15 at 6 p.m., with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC) to highlight the benefits of Michigan Scholarships for Reconnection and TEACH, so that qualified applicants can Maximize the support and resources available to reach their educational and career goals.

“Providing tuition-free educational opportunities to meet the growing need for skilled talent in childcare and early education is a key component of Michigan’s economic success,” said Susan Corbin, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

The field of early education and childcare currently faces two distinct challenges – low wages and high turnover. Access to opportunities where teaching and childcare professionals can maintain employment while furthering their education is essential not only to increase their salaries, but also to retain skilled talent in our state.

Orlin Hawkes, director of the Licensing and Regulatory Division of Inter.

LARA is regulating child care providers and working to license more providers across the state to address severe shortages. Programs like Reconnect and TEACH are important tools in talent development that can be used for people to finish the degree or certification required for licensure. LARA will briefly share licensing information and be available to answer questions during the webinar.

Michigan Reconnect, which has nearly 88,000 accepted applicants since its launch in February 2021, offers a free pathway to a Pell-qualified undergraduate degree or skill certificate at a local community college for eligible adults without a college degree.

is a statewide initiative designed to assist Michiganders interested in obtaining a degree or certification in early childhood education (for example, child care center teaching staff, preschool teachers, family child care providers, group home owners, center managers, early childhood professionals and administrators) achieve their professional development goals while enrolling part-time.

“The combination of the Michigan Reconnection Scholarship and the TEACH Scholarship allows students to increase the amount of support they receive toward earning a degree or credit in early childhood education,” said Kelsey Laird, Director of Professional Programs at MIAEYC. Scholarships work together to allow students to get more paid credit hours in exchange for more financial support and student advising. This webinar will provide an overview of everything these programs can cover for students and detail the application process and requirements for both. Using Reconnect and TEACH Together, a win-win situation for early childhood educators.”

Childcare professionals are urged to join representatives from these two scholarship opportunities on December 15 to find out how they can return to school without tuition at a community college within their region. Attendees will also be able to have their questions answered by the presenters.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to register for the webinar at bit.ly/Reconnect-TEACH-webinar.

To learn more about Michigan Reconnect, visit michigan.gov/reconnect.


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