Kaiser Bridging The Gap Child Development Scholarship Program

For more information regarding TCC's Child Development Academic Program, click here.

Building a Career in Infant/Toddler Development:
Currently there is a critical shortage of caregivers who have education and training in the area of infant/toddler development. Research indicates that quality child care is crucial for infant brain development and later school success. In an effort to address this problem Tulsa Community College has developed the “Bridging the Gap” and TCC-OU Child Development Scholarship programs to recruit and educate both current and prospective caregivers to the field of infant/toddler development. 

Goals of the Infant/Toddler Development Program:

  • Increase the number of caregivers who have education and training in the area of infant/toddler development.
  • Provide current and future infant/toddler caregivers with knowledge and skills to facilitate healthy brain development.
  • Improve the quality of infant/toddler care provided in licensed child care facilities.
  • Improve staff educational opportunities.
  • Reduce staff turnover in the field of infant/toddler child care.

 Why choose Infant/Toddler Development at TCC?

  • Financial assistance for participants.
  • Take college-credit courses to fulfill the educational training requirement for the CDA.
  • Completed course work is recorded on college transcript.
  • CDA course credits can be applied toward any TCC Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree. (Contact a TCC advisor to determine transferability of CDA credits.)
  • Added mentoring and support from the Child Development Advisor and Child Development Mentor.
  • More possibilities for wage increase after completing a credential or degree program.
  • Assistance in job placement for new caregivers upon completion of the program.
  • Help improve the quality of infant/toddler childcare in Oklahoma.
  • Day, evening, weekend, Internet and short course classes available.
  • Continued educational opportunities available through other TCC Child Development certificates and degree programs.
Early Childhood Development Education Options
Tulsa Community College’s Child Development Program provides students several study choices in the area of infant/toddler development.
  • Child Development Associate certificate (CDA)
  • Child Development Certificate of Mastery
  • Infant/Toddler Certificate of Mastery
  • Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree with infant/toddler option
  • Early Childhood Education Associate of Science degree with transfer option to OU-Tulsa

All programs prepare students to work in child and family related environments including community agencies, childcare facilities and early childhood education. For more information on the different certificate and degree plans offered click here.

Scholarship Information:  

Area of Focus Children ages 0 to 5
Certificate and Degree Plans Covered
  • CDA
  • Certificate of Mastery
  • Associate of Applied Science – Infant/Toddler Development
  • Associate of Science - Early Childhood Education OU Transfer Option
Award Amount Tuition, Fees, and books, less a $10 per credit hour copay for required classes to complete the chosen certificate/degree plan listed above
Other Benefits
  • CDA Credential Application fee
  • Stipend paid upon completion of CDA national credential, AAS degree, and AS degree  
  • Opportunity to participate in Scholar Assistantship Program at the TCC Child Development Center
  • Opportunity for financial assistance to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at OU-Tulsa
  • Academic and student support services from the Child Development Advisor and Mentor

Graduates of the TCC-OU transfer degree wanting to continue at OU-Tulsa must submit separate application for the OU ECE scholarship

Application Requirements
  • Oklahoma resident
  • 2.0 GPA for CDA, Certificate of Mastery, AAS Infant and Toddler
  • 2.5 GPA for AS - ECE degree plan
  • Demonstrate an interest in working with children 0 - 5
  • Completed application and essays
  • Upon award recipients will be required to sign a Statement of Commitment
Fall semester  June 1
Spring semester – November 1

*The scholarship award only applies to course work required to complete an associate degree or certificate at TCC. Recipients who want to continue at OU-Tulsa should contact an OU-Tulsa advisor for information on their scholarship application process.

 Kaiser Bridging the Gap Scholarship Application


Contact Information:

Amber Chase, Program Director
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107


Melinda Bennett, Child Development Mentor
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
Fax: 918.595.8103 


Linda Hoyt, Program Assistant
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107ogram Assistant918.595.8090