Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Steamboat Springs First Impressions of Routt County has received a $45,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.
The grant helps finance anyone in the field of early childhood education. Funds cover some of the costs of college tuition for approved courses, textbooks, substitute costs and conference or other training expenses related to early childhood.
"We are very excited to be able to use these funds for professional development of early childhood care and education staff," First Impressions Director Renee Donahue said.
First Impressions received the same grant for 2002.
People who apply for funds from the grant must agree to stay with their current employer for at least six months. First Impressions or another entity of the Consolidated Child Care Pilot will observe and assess applicants.
Applications are available from licensed homes or center, First Impressions or the Child Care Network.
Students who receive funding must remain enrolled through the entire course and maintain at least a C average, or they must reimburse First Impressions.
Applicants are responsible for 10 percent of class costs or $20.
Donahue said she is pleased to see more people are taking advantage of early childhood education classes at Colorado Mountain College.
More than 100 people accessed the grant last year, she said.
The process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed funding, she said.