By the year 2020, preschools and early childhood centers that accept funding from the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) are required to be Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) rated. There are discussions taking place about requiring these same educational entities to have 3-5 SUTQ rated stars by 2025. In order for centers to acquire the necessary star rating, child care employees must be degreed and or certified in early childhood education.
The time to be proactive is now. However, many people who work in the field of early childhood education work 40 or more hours throughout the week and have families. There needs to be a tailor made educational plan that meets their needs while taking their busy schedules into account. This is why the Five Star Cohort has been developed. It addresses all of these requirements while providing a support network with like minded peers who are experiencing the same expectations and are achieving similar goals.
Stark State College and Stark Education Partnership, Inc. have collaborated with the Early Childhood Education Alliance to create local and financially possible pathways to education via the Five Star Cohort. The Cohort will take place through the Alliance area Stark State College satellite campus and online. It is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. Financial options are available via the pell grant, POWER, and the TEACH grant, and most individuals who work in the early childhood field qualify for financial aid.
For more information regarding the Five Star Cohort please contact Liz Hibbs via the contact page, or Jessica Grimes at JAGrimes@STARKSTATE.EDU.