Pennsylvania Restores Scholarship Funding for 1,000 Early Child Care Professionals

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA— Governor Tom Wolf today announced that, the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program will be restored after six years of inactivity and $2.4M of funding for 1,000 scholarships for early child care professionals in DHS-certified Keystone STARS programs will be made available.“Improving early child care and education is one of my top priorities, the restoration of these scholarships is one more step in the right direction,” said Governor Wolf. “We have repeatedly heard from people working in early child care and education that they would like the opportunity to further their learning. I believe investing in those educating our young minds will help to strengthen Pennsylvania’s future workforce.”The departments of Human Services and Education, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), will administer the program. T.E.A.C.H. works with providers, colleges, and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers. A portion of the existing funding from the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program will transition to T.E.A.C.H. to give early childhood professionals more options to earning college credit and degrees.The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship is a national model, implemented in 23 states including Pennsylvania. The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program will be maintained at a lower funding level to assist individuals that are ineligible for T.E.A.C.H. and will continue to provide for tuition costs only.“Making professional credentials and college degrees affordable and accessible to our early childhood education workforce is critical if we want to build capacity for high-quality early education services that our young children and families need,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “We know that recruitment and retention of qualified staff can be one of the biggest struggles for our quality child care programs. Providing the workforce with additional supports to gain credentials and degrees can alleviate some of those challenges.”“There is concrete evidence that children who participate in early education programs see immediate and long-term benefits. They are less likely to fall behind or drop out of school and more likely to become productive, contributing members of their communities and of our highly-skilled workforce,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne said. “I am proud to see funding for T.E.A.C.H. restored so that these vital programs are ensured to have the quality professionals with the necessary education to provide our at-risk young people with the tools and guidance they need to have an opportunity to succeed in school and later in life.”Through T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, early childhood education directors and staff may earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education.“The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship model has an excellent track record of increased education, compensation, and retention in the early childhood education workforce,” said Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “It’s a partnership of the state, the sponsoring program, early childhood education professionals, and higher education institutions to set the professional on a path to success.”Teachers with specialized education and experience in early childhood education have a significant impact on the quality of an early childhood education program, yet according to the Child Care Aware, the average income of child care workers in Pennsylvania is $21,010. Every T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has four key components:• Scholarship. The scholarship covers most of the cost for tuition and books. Recipients also receive a travel stipend each semester they are enrolled in class. T.E.A.C.H. requires that the sponsoring child care program offer paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs. Participants are assigned a counselor to assist them in scholarship management and career development.• Education. In one scholarship year, each participant must successfully complete a required number of credit hours toward a degree or credential in early childhood education.• Compensation. At the end of the scholarship year, if they complete their educational requirement, participants are eligible to receive either a bonus or a raise.• Commitment. Participants agree to continue working in their child care program for one year after each scholarship year.The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program awarded the first scholarships in September 1998 using private and business collaboration dollars. DHS began funding scholarships in January 1999.Directors and staff in DHS-certified child care programs participating in Keystone STARS who meet income and work requirements are eligible to apply.For more information and to apply, visit www.pacca.org.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 12, 2016center_img Pennsylvania Restores Scholarship Funding for 1,000 Early Child Care Professionalslast_img read more

Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: Messi & Ronaldo exchange strikes in enthralling Clasico

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were both in scintilating form as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out an enthralling 2-2 draw at Camp Nou in the first Liga Clasico of this season.Despite coming as just the seventh fixture of the season, the match was touted as having a potentially huge impact on the final Liga outcome. With Madrid in need of a win, Ronaldo got them off to the perfect start as he silenced the crowd with his sixth consecutive Clasico goal.But a brace from Messi, including a sumptuous second-half free kick, put the Blaugrana in the driving seat. However, the last had not been heard of Ronaldo and he capitalised on a disorganised defence to equalise 25 minutes from time.After all the intense build-up, the first surprise of the night was sprung as news filtered through that in the absence of Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, Adriano would start alongside Javier Mascherano in the centre of defence. Mourinho, meanwhile, opted for Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil ahead of Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil.The teams were greeted on the pitch by a cacophony of noise and a sea of Catalan red and yellow in the stands and the match began in a similarly hectic manner, but Los Blancos’ more adventurous tendencies when in possession saw them gradually take hold of the game.After Benzema snatched at a volley in the 13th minute, Barca’s defensive frailties began to really show six minutes later as Sergio Ramos rose, unmarked, to meet Ozil’s corner. His header had pace and Victor Valdes, who was rooted to the spot, breathed a sigh of relief when it shaded the outside of his post. Despite enjoying a large share of possession, the hosts began to sit deep and invite Mourinho’s men onto them, and they were punished in the 23rd minute. A brilliant flowing move, initiated by Ozil on the right, ended with Benzema slipping the ball to Ronaldo who thumped a low shot past Valdes at his near post.Madrid continued to slice apart the hosts’ makeshift defence with ease and they should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Benzema once more found space in the area but his shot cannoned back off the post and Angel Di Maria was unable to convert the rebound.Yet the Blaugrana were unperturbed at the other end of the pitch and they secured an equaliser when Pedro’s cross looped into the air following a pair of deflections. In his eagerness to head the ball away, Pepe misjudged the flight of the ball and Messi, who was lurking in the box, beat Iker Casillas as it dropped behind the defender and fired into the back of the net.The Catalan giants drew confidence from that goal and after being denied a penalty early in the second half, they took the lead for the first time on the night with a moment of sheer, unadulterated class from Messi. The mercurial Argentine flighted a beautifully-struck 30-yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner with 61 minutes on the clock.Not to be outdone though, Ronaldo notched his second of the night just five minutes later. After being jeered by the home crowd for missing an overhead kick, the 27-year-old caught the Barca defence completely unawares to slot home from Ozil’s through-ball. With the game so finely poised, neither team was willing to take the risk of committing too many men forward in search of a winner. But there was still time for some final moments of drama as Martin Montoya pushed on but saw his rocket of a strike come back off the crossbar in the 89th minute and Pedro drilled a low shot wide in stoppage time.In sharing the spoils, Barcelona remain at the top of the table and also maintain their eight-point advantage over Madrid with seven games played so far this season.last_img read more