We would like to take this time to recognize Ms. Ikeema Voykin who, by using the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program, has obtained an AA in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia and will be graduating with honors this spring!! Ikeema is a lead teacher at Lovey Lee’s Stars of Tomorrow, a STAR 4 center located in Philadelphia. She first found out about the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program from information on a billboard at CCP. After participating in an informational webinar, Ikeema decided to enroll in the assistance program. She is a straight ‘A’ student who became president of the Community College Association for the Education of Young Children in the fall of 2013. On March 20th, Ikeema was inducted into the Honor Society at CCP, and is now enrolled at Chestnut Hill College for the accelerated Bachelors of ECE program this coming fall. In a phone interview she stated, “The staff [at CCP] are very helpful. They keep us on top of things like this that can help us out”. Congratulations Ikeema, and thank you for your commitment to Early Childhood Education and the promotion of quality care for all children in Pennsylvania!
The missing piece to the continuing education puzzle
Funding is available to facilities which have teachers enrolled in continuing education classes. Allowable expenses include:
Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program--Facility Supplement is contingent on the availability of funds. Rising STARS Tuition Assistance--Facility Supplement requests will be processed based on submission dates of complete applications each semester. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned. CLICK HERE for more information and application. Applications from students enrolling in classes will be given priority for processing and approval.
Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) service supports Keystone STARS practitioners in implementing best practices in health and safety through the use of a registered nurse. The Child Care Health Consultant uses the ECELS Checklist and other tools to assess health and safety policy and practice at an ECE or SAC facility. The Consultant then works with the practitioner to develop an action plan that addresses challenges and areas for improvement.
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“Our participation in the Keystone STARS program encouraged my staff to go on and get higher education in childcare.”