Child Development Scholarships

Scholarships for Early Childhood Development Majors

Bridging the Gap Scholarship Program for Early Childhood Education

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


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.

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 certificates 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

Bridging the Gap Contact Information:

Amber Chase, Program Director
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8050

Melinda Bennett, Child Development Mentor
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8109
Fax: (918) 595-8103

Linda Hoyt, Program Assistant
Tulsa Community College, West Campus I-174
7505 W. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 595-8090

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Providing Educational Opportunities for Child Care Professionals

Eligibility Requirements

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Any teacher/director/family child care provider who is employed by a DHS/tribal licensed child care program where, at time of application, is a one-star plus or above and has at least 10 percent of its licensed capacity is filled with children receiving DHS/tribal subsidy.

Child Care Provider Requirements

  • Must earn $15.50 per hour or less.
  • If you are a Family Child Care Home Provider, must be willing to sign a Verification of Income Form (form provided with application).
  • Must work a minimum of 30 hours per week with children.
  • At time of application, the scholar must be employed for six months at their current facility.
  • Limit of six credit hours for fall and spring semesters and three credit hours for summer during first year on scholarship.

What Does the Scholars Scholarship Provide?

The scholarship will provide 70 percent of tuition and fees, and 100 percent of required books for eligible scholars for:

  • Child development/Early Childhood Education courses leading toward a CDA credential
  • Certificate of Mastery
  • Director’s Certificate of Mastery (only directors or assistant directors) *Completion (after obtaining a Certificate of Mastery)
  • Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Mission Statement

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program will ensure that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a two-year college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director’s Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education.

Program Benefits

  • Technical assistance and support from the Scholar Coordinator
  • College credit for course work
  • Academic and student support services
  • Networking with other child care professionals
  • Outstanding faculty committed to student success
  • Enhance likelihood that facilities will increase DHS star rating
  • Educational stipends
  • Increase quality child care
  • Scholarships for course work at two-year colleges and career technology centers
  • Scholarships for CDA assessment application process

Scholar Coordinator Assistance

The Scholar Coordinator will help you with:

  • On-site Technical Assistance
  • Scholars Program information
  • Pell Grant
  • College Admission
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)

Melissa Schad
Scholar Coordinator
(918) 595-8024
Fax: (918) 595-8204

Ashley Watkins
Scholar Coordinator
(918) 595-8280
Fax: (918) 595-8204

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Scholars for Excellence Opportunities