CYFD Scholarship Information

The CYFD (Children, Youth & Families Department) Comprehensive Early Childhood Scholarship Program makes it possible for early childhood educators, administrators, and program directors to afford the time and expense of taking coursework that leads to credentials and degrees. The CYFD Scholarship is based on a cost-share model to New Mexico early childhood educators working in:

CYFD licensed or registered child care programs CYFD state funded pre-k or early pre-k programs CYFD-funded New Mexico Home Visiting programs

Read on to learn more about the responsibilities associated with each scholarship model.

All applicants must:

  1. Enroll in a qualifying New Mexico higher education institution.
  2. Work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a CYFD funded Early Childhood Program.
  3. Provide confirmation of FAFSA completion.

Early Childhood: Associates, Child Development Certificate

If you are pursuing an associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education or a New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC), or if you are Home Visiting pursuing an associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education, social work, counseling, or related coursework:

Scholarship Responsibility:

100% Tuition, 100% Books
  • 100% of tuition
  • 100% of books

Program Sponsor Responsibility:

  • Depending on the program’s ability and the scholars’ need, the program will work with the scholar to find a predetermined weekly release time to benefit both parties.

Scholar Responsibility:

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  • Travel expenses
  • Education : Scholar must complete a minimum of six credit hours per contract year.

Commitment:

  • The recipient commits to remain with the sponsor one year after the completion of his/her scholarship agreement is complete.
One Year Committment

Bachelor’s: Early Childhood

If you are working in childcare and pre-k and pursuing a bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education, or if you are Home Visiting pursuing a bachelor’s in early childhood education or social work:

Scholarship Responsibility:

  • 100% of tuition
  • 50% of books

Program Sponsor Responsibility:

  • Depending on the program’s ability and the scholars’ need, the program will work with the scholar to find a predetermined weekly release time to benefit both parties.

Scholar Responsibility:

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  • Travel/mileage
  • Education: Scholar must complete a minimum of six credit hours per contract year.

Commitment:

  • The recipient commits to remain with the sponsor one year after the completion of his/her scholarship agreement is complete.
One Year Committment

Family Home Professional (Family Home Daycares)

If you are a Family Home professional ( Family Home Daycares) pursuing a CDC, AA or BA:

Scholarship Responsibility:

  • 100% of tuition
  • 100% of books

Scholar Covers:

  • The recipient commits to remain with the sponsor one year after the completion of his/her scholarship agreement is complete.
  • Education: Scholar must complete a minimum of six credit hours per contract year.

Family Child Care Provider:

  • Depending on the program’s ability and the scholars’ need, the program will work with the scholar to find a predetermined weekly release time to benefit both parties.

Masters and Doctorate Models

  • If additional funds are available.
  • Contact your scholarship coach for further details.

Home Visiting Masters Model

  • CYFD pays 80% of the tuition cost each semester
  • Scholar assumes book expenses
  • The teacher commits to work for the sponsoring program during the year of the scholarship contract, plus one additional year