License Variance Scholarship and Incentives
Child care staffing shortages throughout the state have made it difficult to find caregivers for our youngest Michiganders. With over 9,000 vacancies, shortages of staff are impacting the industry’s ability to serve children and families. To help meet this pressing need, LARA’s Child Care Licensing Bureau (CCLB) is offering licensed child care providers rule variances for Lead Caregivers and Program Director qualifications.
NEW! License Variance Completion and Retention Incentives:
Lead Caregivers and Program Directors who have completed the education requirements to fulfill their approved License Variance for qualifications are eligible for a one-time $1,000.00 Completion Stipend.
Lead Caregivers and Program Directors who have completed the requirements to fulfill their approved License Variance for qualifications and who have remained employed at their program for at least 6 months after completing their License Variance requirements are eligible for a one-time $1,000.00 Retention Stipend.
T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship for License Variance:
Lead Caregivers and Program Directors not yet meeting the licensing requirement for the position may utilize a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship to take coursework fulfilling the variance requirement at little or no cost.
Approved recipients of the License Variance Scholarship will receive a stipend-based scholarship of $250/credit hour. Recipients of this scholarship must complete a minimum of 6 Early Childhood Education credit hours at an approved, T.E.A.C.H. participating community college in Michigan during the scholarship contract period. Employer verification is required, but no employer contribution is required to participate in this scholarship model.
If you would like to provide more supports to your staff please check out our CDA training traditional model. Please apply online at www.miaeyc.org. To find out more information please call 800-648-6224 x312 or email us TEACH@nullmiaeyc.org
Not sure which scholarship model is the best fit for your staff? Use the chart below to help you decide.