Project Pathfinders

Recognizing that one of the most important factors in school success is the capabilities of the adults who promote young children’s growth and learning, VECF is pleased to be part of an exciting new initiative to support one of Virginia’s most valuable workforces – early childhood professionals. In partnership with the Virginia Community College System, VECF will administer a scholarship program - Project Pathfinders - designed to increase the skills of early childhood professionals in preschool and child care settings by accessing community college coursework and credentials. Thanks to funding made available in the 2016-2018 biennial budget by Governor McAuliffe and the 2016 General Assembly, we look forward to the opportunity to ensure that Virginia has the best trained early education workforce.

Project Pathfinders Materials

(Click links below to view documents)
Project Pathfinders Overview and Updated FAQs
Application Materials (Fall Semester 2017 Application period: June 15 - August 1)
Registered Apprenticeship Materials


To promote this scholarship opportunity with potential applicants, click here to view one-page information sheets in print and electronic versions.

Meet your Scholarship Advisor - Mila Spaulding

To learn more about the people behind the workforce, check out the profiles below.