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Early Childhood Education


The workforce is the most critical component of quality in an early childhood program. All teachers need to have a foundational knowledge of child development and be able to lead activities that promote children’s learning at various ages. This important role requires that teachers have formal education and training in early childhood education (Council et al., 2015)*.

PCPP LogoThe Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP) is a college scholarship funded by an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and Central Arizona College. ADES Child Care Administration provides funding through federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds. Arizona Western College is a collaborating Community College.

PCPP provides eligible early childhood students with in-state tuition, fees, and book stipends towards AWC Early Childhood CERTIFICATE coursework:

  • Family Childcare Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Family Childcare Education
  • Infant-Toddler Center-Based Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Infant and Toddler Education
  • Preschool Center-Based Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • Preschool Education
  • Early Childhood Education

PCPP also provides eligible early childhood students with funding for the CDA Assessment through the Council of Professional Recognition.

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Arizona PBS Early Childhood Educator Scholarship

Arizona PBSSupported by Arizona’s early childhood agency First Things First (FTF), Arizona PBS’ early childhood educator scholarship program offers scholarships to aspiring early childhood educators completing associate degrees.

Arizona PBS was created to serve as an educational resource to all who call our state home. I can’t think of an initiative that aligns better with that mission than the early childhood educator scholarship program. We thank First Things First for their continued trust and partnership and look forward to watching the impact this expansion will have in classrooms across Arizona.


Adrienne R. Fairwell Station General Manager


Arizona PBS/FTF provides eligible early childhood students with in-state tuition, fees, and book voucher towards AWC Early Childhood DEGREE coursework:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Emphasis

Thanks to a new contract between First Things First and the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s (DES) Division of Child Care, additional funding has been provided for eligible early childhood students pursuing bachelor’s level coursework towards a degree in early childhood.

 Department of Economic Security


First Things First


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Apply for Scholarship Following Next Steps

AEC logoScholarships utilize a COMMON application through the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry. Applicants must become members of the Registry to gain access to the common scholarship application.

These steps apply to existing or new students who have successfully applied to Arizona Western College. 


Create Your Profile

Create a profile with Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry, a component of Arizona's Early Childhood Career and Professional Development network.


Meet with an Early Childhood Academic Advisor

All Early Childhood Faculty are academic advisors. Make an appointment to create an academic plan. 


Complete Scholarship Applications Online

Complete and submit each scholarship application at the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry


Gather Documents and Follow the Guide

Upon registering for classes, acquire course textbook information on AWC Self-Service and complete each step in our Scholarship Guide.


Complete Classes

Attend and complete all classes with a grade of C or above to maintain eligibility. 

* Council, N. R., Allen, L., Allen, L., Kelly, B. B., & Kelly, B. B. (2015). Transforming the workforce for Children Birth through age 8: A Unifying Foundation. National Academies Press.