QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship

The QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship is designed to help educators and administrators participating in QUALITYstarsNY advance their education and deepen their qualifications as early childhood professionals. Through the QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship, staff working at a participating early childhood program can access funds to complete their early childhood education degree or credit-bearing certification, credential, or coursework.

The QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship is offered in partnerships with our colleagues at the Early Childhood Career Development Center. The scholarship application and associated career advisement services are coordinated through the Career Development Center.

Apply for the QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship

At this time, we are accepting applications for the QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship for the 2024 Spring Semester. Complete the Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship Application on the Career Development Center website to get started.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Scholarship funds to complete an early childhood education degree or credit-bearing certification, credential, or coursework
  • College and career advisement from the Career Development Center to ensure you are on the correct pathway for your personal career journey
  • Access to resources based on your needs, including:

To learn more, attend an upcoming Career Development Center Information Session or schedule a meeting with a career advisor. Services and advisement are also available in Spanish.


  • Work in a program that is currently participating in QUALITYstarsNY.
  • Must be pursuing an early childhood education degree or credit-bearing coursework at a SUNY and CUNY college, or a restricted list of approved private institutions.
  • Have an active and current profile in The Aspire Registry. It is important to ensure your profile is updated and reflects your current employment so the Career Development Center can verify that you work at a program participating in QUALITYstarsNY.
  • Complete the Career Development Workforce Scholarship Application.
  • Once you complete the application, you will be prompted to make an appointment with a Career Advisor. You must make and keep this appointment (and all subsequent appointments) in order to be eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Meet with a career advisor through the Career Development Center at least 3 times each semester.
  • Report grades at end of semester (there is no minimum grade required to maintain the Scholarship funding).

Additional Details

Learn More & Get Started

Early Childhood Career Development Center Website

Visit the QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship page on the Early Childhood Career Development Center website to learn more about the requirements and read their FAQ. You can schedule a meeting with a Career Advisor to get started with the application process and discuss your eligibility for this and other scholarship opportunities.

QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship Flyer

Download the QUALITYstarsNY Scholarship flyer in English or Spanish to share with your staff or a colleague who may be interested.