The Scholarships and Grant program occurs once a year. There are two types of Conference scholarships and one Grant. View the Scholarships and Grant descriptions and criteria below. All applications must be submitted online. The online form allows you to upload documents that are required with each application. The "View Criteria" buttons are the PDF applications to help you learn what the requirements are for each award.
Presidents Education Grant
Originally established by CAAEYC to honor Docia Zavitkovsky, the Presidents Education Grant is a $1,000 grant offered to CAAEYC members to encourage pursuit of advanced educational degrees and leadership in the profession.
Docia Zavitkovsky, an icon in early childhood education, served as NAEYC President (1984-86) and was the Director of the Santa Monica Children’s Centers. In 2003, she founded Play Matters, an organization dedicated to enhancing the role of play in the lives of young children.
It is the intent of the Presidents Educational Grant to provide encouragement to those members who wish to pursue a graduate degree or credential and to provide fiscal support for books, tuition or general costs of advanced education. To learn more about the grant criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.
Irv Kaplan Conference Scholarship
The Irv Kaplan Annual Conference Scholarship was created to recognize and honor CAAEYC member Irv Kaplan. “This conference is so important! I don’t understand why more people won’t go,” are the words Irv Kaplan would say each year after attending the informative and motivating CAAEYC Annual Conference & Expo. He would return energized and would bring back “gems” to the ECE center where he taught young children and the many ECE students he taught at the community college level.
The CAAEYC Irv Kaplan Annual Conference Scholarship offers three (3) scholarships for CAAEYC members to attend the CAAEYC Annual Conference and Expo – Two days (Early Bird Registration & Cash Stipend: $450 value). The goal of sharing the Conference with more people, especially those who may be financially restricted, was Irv’s vision. This Conference Scholarship is funded by the generous donations from Francene Kaplan, PhD (Irv’s sister) and many others. To learn more about the scholarship criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.
The CAAEYC Annual Conference Scholarship offers five (5) scholarships for members to attend the CAAEYC Annual Conference and Expo –Full Conference (Early Bird Registration). The Conference Award hopes to promote attendance for those members who are interested in learning new and innovative techniques, share resources and meet new members of their profession. This scholarship encourages involvement in the organization and provides continual growth and vitality in the field of early childhood education. To learn more about the scholarship criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.