O’Mara announces nearly $175K in grant funding for early childhood education programs

RADNOR, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that Cabrini University and Eastern University will each receive a Preschool Development Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve the quality of early childcare education. Cabrini and Eastern universities are two of 10 colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania to receive a portion of the $1.5 million in grant funding.

The Preschool Development Grant will provide ECE professionals and students the opportunity to complete credit-bearing coursework towards a Child Development Associate certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and/or Pennsylvania PreK-4 teacher certification to professionalize the field.

Cabrini University will receive $158,493 to help redesign courses of the PreK-4 program to fully align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. The redesign will examine how to best assess candidates' understanding and adoption of these standards and provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to offer early intervention services.

Eastern University will receive $16,304 to help develop a strong system-wide infrastructure that helps the regional early childhood workforce smoothly transition from a CDA to an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. Articulation agreements between the university and five two-year institutions will also be developed.

“The quality of Pennsylvania’s education is extremely important to me,” O’Mara said. “As a certified teacher, I’m proud to see that our commonwealth is building upon its educational standards and investing in the people who will be teaching our next generation. I thank Governor Wolf for selecting these Delaware County universities to receive these funds.”

More information on the Preschool Development Grants can be found here.