NIU guarantees enrollment for 160 students in early childhood education program

DEKALB – Northern Illinois University will enroll at least 160 new students – through participation in the state’s Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Program.

Students can pursue degrees in early childhood education, qualifying them to teach in Pre-K to grade 2 in school settings, or in human development and family sciences, which enables professionals to work with infants and young children in community-based settings.

Those who are current or former early education professionals or paraprofessionals with associate degrees from Illinois community colleges can apply for scholarships from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to cover their full costs of attendance.

The program is funded by a federal investment of $200 million for the state.

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