Professional Development

There are several programs designed to assist and encourage early childhood professionals in Summit County to continue taking course work in early childhood and remain in the early childhood field.

Early Childhood Credential & Educational Stipend Program from the Colorado Professional Credential at CDE

Professionals working in early childhood are encouraged to apply for their credential.  The Colorado Department of Education (CDE)  manages a voluntary credential program.  There is no cost to apply for your credential (although there is often a small fee for having official college transcripts sent to CDE).  In Summit County participants enrolled in the Right Start Salary Supplement are required to apply for and maintain a current credential.  For applications and more details about the  credential please visit

Early Childhood Professionals in Summit may also contact Tiana Ibarra at 970-406-3062 or [email protected].  EC Professionals in Grand may contact Jessica Smolleck or Maegan Lokteff at 970-725-3391.

Right Start Salary Supplement Program

Early childhood teachers and providers working in Summit County at least 20 hours per week and making less than $19/hour or a salary of less than $39,520 are eligible to apply for a Right Start Salary Supplement. Salaries of Program Managers, Assistant Directors and Directors may not exceed $21 per hour or a salary of $43,680.

Supplements are tied to an Early Childhood Professionals Job title and Colorado Early Childhood Credential level.


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Apple Tree Fund

Early childhood professionals working Summit County and working towards a credential, a certificate and/or a degree in Early Childhood Education may apply for an Apple Tree Fund scholarship.  Applicants can apply for up to $225/course (maximum $450/semester).

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TEACH Scholarships

Early care and education teachers, assistant teachers, family child care providers, and center directors who meet the criteria below:

  • Are employed fulltime in a licensed child care setting or at least 20 hours a week if working towards Early Childhood Teacher qualifications. Have worked at current child care program for at least 90 days by the start of the scholarship.
  • Are earning $17/hour or less (teacher and assistants), or $25/hour or less (owners, directors) at the time of application.
  • Are pursuing an undergraduate Early Childhood degree, Early Childhood Credential, Early Childhood Teacher Qualification or Director Qualification.

For more details about T.E.A.C.H. scholarships and applications visit