To be eligible for an APEX (A Path to Excellence) scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
Priority will be given to individuals who work at least 15 hours a week at a licensed child care or preschool center in San Miguel County
Second priority will be given to home care and substitute teachers
Individuals must be taking courses through an accredited university or college (for higher education courses) or International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accredited courses
Professional development courses must align with early childhood care and education
For higher education, scholarships will be only approved for Early Childhood Education (ECE) classes, Spanish 101/102, or required classes for a degree/certificate in ECE (individuals must provide proof that they are a degree/certificate candidate)
Individual must receive a B or higher in ECE course work and a C or higher in general course work OR passing grade for professional development
Scholarships will be reimbursements to the individual or center (whoever pays for the course provides receipt)
Individuals must provide Strong Start with formal documentation of completion and/or grades to receive reimbursement
Reimbursements will not be awarded retroactively
Reimbursement will cover the cost of tuition, course fees, and textbooks.
Individuals must complete the APEX application found at https://strongstart.smapply.io and provide proof of lawful presence as required by C.R.S. 24-76.5-103
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete your application prior to your class to guarantee funding.