Financial Incentives and Workforce Development

Professional Development Financial Incentive Program for Early Childhood Education

The Professional Development Financial Incentive of the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC) is a program designed to reward individuals for completing college courses in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

Studies have shown that the amount of formal education a preschool child’s teacher has completed is positively correlated to the child’s later academic achievement.

This incentive is designed to encourage and reward individuals who work in the field to pursue college courses in ECE and aims to support the recruitment and retention of high quality ECE professionals in Boulder County. It is funded by one or more grants received by ECCBC specifically for this purpose.

The Financial Incentive is set up on a semester basis. This means that courses taken and completed in the spring semester may be used to apply for the incentive in June/July of the same year. Courses taken during the summer or fall semester may be used to apply for the incentive in January/February the following year.

Pyramid Plus Approach Incentive Program

The Pyramid Plus Approach Incentive Program, sponsored by the Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC), is a program designed to reimburse course fees for a limited number of individuals who have completed the 18 Pyramid Plus training sessions on evidence-based practices which support social emotional competence and address challenging behavior in young children, birth – 5 years old.

Additional Scholarship Programs Now Available

  • FREE ECE 101 and 103 Coursework
    In partnership with the Office of Early Childhood within the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Human Services is collaborating with the Colorado Community College system and public institutions of higher education to pay the tuition and fees for ECE 101 and 103 for students who need these courses to meet minimum childcare licensing qualifications for early childhood teacher.
    For more information visit: ECE 101_103 Fact Sheet v5.pdf (
  • Back to Work: Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program
    Back to Work: Early Childhood Education is a unique scholarship program that works to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, those that have experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions.
    For more information visit: Informational-Flyer.pdf (