Pictured above from left: Dr. Marcie Biddleman, Executive Director, Juvenile Welfare Board; Dr. Bill Law, SPC President; Maria Edmonds, Chair, Juvenile Welfare Board; Robert J. Fine, Jr., Chairman, SPC Board of Trustees.
Officials with SPC’s College of Education and the SPC Foundation worked with the Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) to develop a partnership in which JWB is providing $54,000 to fund 30 scholarships for students to earn certificates through the college’s Early Childhood Education program.
“The Juvenile Welfare Board’s generous scholarship funds will allow early childhood professionals opportunities to take courses to gain the knowledge and expertise to provide quality learning environments for Pinellas County’s youngest citizens,” said Kimberly Hartman, Dean of SPC’s College of Education.
The partnership was announced this week at St. Petersburg College’s Board of Trustees meeting. The goal is to improve school readiness rates and close achievement gaps by educating local childcare workers to provide high quality early childhood education.
Early Childhood Scholarship details
The 30 early childhood scholarships will be available for childcare workers who currently work 20 hours or more in a Pinellas County licensed early childcare center (as identified by JWB). The scholarships will pay for up to 12 credit hours for classes taken on the Clearwater Campus, to prepare the students toward a certificate in early childcare development, with specializations in Infants and Toddlers or Preschool. Both 12-hour certificates can be counted toward SPC’s Early Childhood Education A.S. degree.
For more information, contact Anne Ryan at 727-791-2521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.