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The Enhanced NYS B5 SUNY-CUNY Workforce Scholarship: Early Childhood

Do you work in an early childhood center? Would you like to earn a credential, certificate, two year, four year or graduate degree? The Enhanced NYS B5 SUNY-CUNY Workforce Scholarship: Early Childhood is a needs-based scholarship designed to support those individuals working 20 hours or more in a licensed early childhood center or Family/Group Family Day Care Center.

The Enhanced NYS B5 CUNY/SUNY Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship is a grant for individuals seeking early childhood credentials, certificates degrees and or certification in early childhood education at CUNY or SUNY schools across the state. The scholarship is funded by the NYS Birth to Five grant and is jointly administered by the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York and the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany.

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  • Applicants must be employed 20 hours or more per week in a licensed Child Care facility
  • Applicants must be attending or applying to a CUNY or SUNY university, taking credit bearing courses leading to a certificate, degree or credential.
  • After applying for the CUNY/SUNY Workforce Scholarship, eligible applicants must also apply for EIP scholarships. Individuals must receive the maximum EIP award prior to eligibility for NYSB5 CUNY/SUNY Workforce Scholarship funds.
  • The scholarship grant is needs based and applicants must submit a 1040 and a current paystub to demonstrate need to PDP EIP.
  • Applicants must have an Aspire Registry ID. Learn more and get your ID!
  • Selected applicants are required to meet with an Institute advisor to engage in career advisement activities, create Study Plan and sign participation agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I need to reapply for the B5 funding to EIP if I have already submitted an EIP application?

    No. This process has changed for 2022. You only need to submit one application for each course that you apply to EIP for. However, it is imperative that you work with your advisor PRIOR to EIP submission so that we can alert EIP of your B5 Workforce Eligibility status. If you applied to EIP already you can still work with an advisor for the B5 Workforce portion, but you can expect a delay in the approval and B5 Workforce voucher.

  • If I work in a Family/Group Family Day care, will I qualify?

    Yes. This has been updated for 2022.

  • If I work as a nanny or babysitter, will I qualify for the scholarship?

    No. All applicants must be working in a licensed facility that is regulated under OCFS or NYC DOHMH Article 47 regulations.

  • What happens if I fail or drop a course? Will the scholarship still fund the course?

    No. If a student fails, drops, or withdraws, the student becomes responsible for all financial liabilities with the school. If EIP already paid for the course, you will be responsible to pay PDP EIP back and you will be unable to qualify for future scholarships until the debt is settled.

  • How do I know if I received an Award?

    Applicants will receive an email from EIP, typically within ten business days of a complete submission (online application and submitted supporting documents). You can also log into your account with PDP and check the status of your account. If a voucher was awarded you would be able to print it from the portal.

  • How many classes will the B5 Workforce scholarship cover?

    EIP will cover up to $2000 for full time or part time students. The B5 CUNY-SUNY workforce scholarship requires students to be part-time. For 2022, we have increased the course/credit limit per semester to nine (9) credits or three courses. The maximum coverage for the B5 Workforce scholarship is $2000.

  • What is the total amount I could potentially qualify for?

    Applicants must exhaust the $2000 EIP first and then candidates will be eligible for an additional $2000 for a total of $4000 in 2022.

  • Can I be disqualified from the program/award?

    Yes. Students who do not submit grades or meet with their advisor as required, will be disqualified from the program.

“I am truly grateful that I was awarded with the CUNY/SUNY
Workforce Scholarship and QSNY scholarships. Being
awarded these scholarships has help me to pursue my CPAC
credential which will mark my career path. Through your
support I now have the ability to study without
the financial burden of paying for this course. Thank you for
investing in my future by helping me to
get one step closer to becoming an effective Childcare
Program Administrator. ”
Junisha Morrison

“The Work Force Scholarship gave me the opportunity to
pursue my CPAC Credential for a future leadership position
with my Head Start Program in Upstate New York.
The program’s built in support features, and working with the
Career Center really assisted in a smooth transition back
to school where I am enrolled at CUNY SPS!”
Raina Cashdollar

“The Scholarship makes it easier and financially possible
to prepare for the real world. This scholarships allowed
me, a teacher, to be more qualified.”
Lilik Wijayanti

“I have been blessed to receive the Workforce scholarship
for my education courses. I am almost done. Words cannot
describe how I feel. Many, many Thanks”
Fatima G.

“I made a great decision in enrolling at the CUNY School
of Professional Studies CDA Program. I am happy
and proud to say that I have earned my Child Development
Associate Certificate in Preschool.
The professors in the program are knowledgeable
in the field of early childhood education and share the
joy they have working in the early childhood field..."

"...Everything I learned in my classes has helped me
as an assistant teacher in my classroom working with my
students. I want to say how appreciative I am for the assistance
of Ms. Claudine Campanelli and Ms. Maxine Barton for
answering any questions I had about the CDA Program;
I always felt welcome going to their office.
I was guided on how to apply for scholarships
as well helping me complete my portfolio.
My portfolio was well-done and I will always
treasure the experience I had in the CDA Program.
After earning a CUNY SPS CDA certificate,
I wanted to earn the CDA from the National Credentialing
Program. The CDA in CUNY SPS gave
me the confidence to take the CDA
Exam and the PD Verification Visit in my classroom.
Thank you CUNY School of Professional Studies
for helping me achieve my goals
in obtaining the Preschool CDA certificate
and the Preschool CDA from the
National Credentialing Program."

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Elizabeth DiCarlo

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