Pressroom: UCR Extension Receives Grants

$1.2 million in Grants to Provide Reduced-Cost Education and Stipends

December 6, 2004


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RIVERSIDE, CALIF. - The Early Childhood and Family Studies program in Education at UCR Extension has been awarded two grants valued at $1,210,580 from the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. The funds will be used to provide reduced-cost education and financial stipends to qualified early childcare providers and educators in San Bernardino County.

"The news of renewed investment in UCR Extension's Early Childhood and Family Studies programs by First 5 California and First 5 San Bernardino was very rewarding," said Margi Wild, who oversees the Early Childhood and Family Studies program. "UC Riverside Extension will continue to offer a stellar public service to the children and families of San Bernardino County through numerous retention and educational support activities."

The first grant of $850,000 is designated for the SBC-CARES program, a statewide initiative that provides incentive stipends and support or educational services to eligible family child care providers and staff members at eligible child care centers.

The second grant of $360,580 is designated for the SBC-CONNECTIONS project, an educational support grant designed to aid Child Development students and Early Care Professionals in San Bernardino County. Through the SBC-CONNECTIONS project, UCR Extension can provide tuition assistance, textbook assistance, participant stipends, educational materials vouchers, reduced-cost training, and special project funding and college credit for training.

With a statewide initiative titled "Preschool for All" picking up support and momentum, early childhood education, and appropriate training for those in the field, will become increasingly important, Wild said.

"UCR Extension will continue to remain in the forefront of this issue, offering quality programs and necessary opportunities to those in early childhood education," Wild said.

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