If preschool and child-care teachers want to earn a bachelor’s degree and will agree to teach in the city of Columbus, Pitt University is likely to offer $3.9 million in scholarships to improve their educational training.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Lucas Sullivan writes that Pitt President Dr. Michael V. Drake and Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the program at the Reeb Avenue Community Center. Also in attendance were people in President Obama’s cabinet and US Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Jefferson Township).
The program targets producing more and better-qualified teachers and assisting the city in educating young Columbus children.
To apply, an instructor will need at least an associate’s degree and must pledge to teach in the city for three years after their graduation. Within the next five years, Ohio State will give scholarships to 100 teachers.
The expectation would be that the scholarships will benefit Ohio State’s Early Jump Partnership located in six neighborhoods inside the city. This organization provides education, health insurance and community support for children and families who live in at-risk communities. In 2014, the program was chosen to get?a $16.5 million federal grant to assist in the education of children from infants to 3-years-old.
In 2011, President barack obama came to Columbus to discuss his American Jobs Act, which, partly, was intended to encourage young adults to become educators. Ginther is a supporter of early childhood education and believes that public education ought to be supported from?pre-K through the 12th grade.
Deputy Assistant towards the President for Education Roberto J. Rodriguez said:
\”What greater pipeline than a pipeline that begins with our community colleges, advances to this type of great institution as The Ohio State University, and then moves to the early learning settings.\”
Early childhood teacher Asyia Haile has been providing childcare for 18 years. She noted that the scholarship would benefit not just herself but the community and the city’s children?too, reports Jon Edwards of WCMH-TV Columbus.
Drake told the gathering on Thursday that community engagement, overall achievement, along with a person’s health are all linked to early childhood experiences and environment.
According to Ginther, the teachers who receive these scholarships are the ones who will be centered on at-risk kids, children who are growing up in poverty, or those young people who need an advantage during the critical preschool year.
Mike McCarthy, reporting for WSYX-TV, shares that Eshelle Yarborough will?apply for the scholarship because she, too, continues to be through challenging times in her own life. She\’s driven to help children and added?that she grew up at the begining of Head Start.
A well-known study among educators is the HighScope Educational Research Foundation’s Perry Preschool Study. Several 123 children born into poverty and with?a high failure risk in class was chosen after which divided into two groups. One group was given a high-quality preschool education according to participatory learning. The comparison group received no preschool program.
In the most recent iteration from the study, the subjects who were living were interviewed when the former preschoolers were then 40-years-old. The findings concluded that those who had attended preschool had higher earnings, were better at keeping employment, had broken the law fewer times, and were more prone to have finished high school than their counterparts who hadn\’t attended preschool.