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Career Planning and Scholarships

Ohio’s Early Childhood Educators are The Workforce Behind the Workforce! We provide scholarships and wage supplements for the early childhood workforce to access educational opportunities and help establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce for our children.

Career Planning

When considering your next career goal, it may be driven by improving your Career Pathways level or attaining your next Early Childhood position. Below is information relating to these items:

The Career Pathways Level (CPL) provides a common, point-based system for licensing and Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) star rated programs an alternative pathway to meet the education requirements for a child care staff member or administrator. The CPL uses an approved framework to document formal education, experience, training, mentoring and current credentials to achieve one of six professional designations.

Career Pathways Level Model   PDF   /   5 Pages

The National Career Directory is a resource that provides background on different careers and the education required.

National Career Directory   PDF   /   20 Pages


Learn more about scholarship types, as well as information including benefits, eligibility and application requirements.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Associate Degree

Bachelor Degree


College Profiles

POWER Ohio Overview

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO Overview