Stipends for Quality Start Riverside County Early Child Educators
One of the most important ways to ensure quality learning for young children is to support educators’ professional development. Childcare salary retention incentive programs are available to all QSRC childcare providers with stipends to help them continue their education.
This past year, 27 educators participated in these programs, including seven who completed their bachelor’s degree. Amanda Widmer, a preschool teacher within Riverside Unified School District, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Union Institute and University last January. As a mother of three, Amanda always wanted to complete her education, but as a working mother with three children, time and resources were limited for her to do so. She was able to utilize the stipend to attain her educational goals.
“Most of my family is educated so I knew I wanted to go back to school. I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree online so that I could still dedicate myself to my work and family while earning my degree,” Amanda shared.
Another educator who completed her bachelor’s degree this year is veteran teacher Evangeline Burton with the RCOE Infant/Toddler Program. Evangeline also attended Union Institute and University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development.
“QSRC provides you with the opportunity to advance yourself and to advance your knowledge in your field,” Evangeline said. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of.”
Evangeline added that the support from QSRC is great for educators and most importantly supports the children.
“Higher learning helps remind you that you should always refresh your program. Childcare centers belong to the children, not the adults. They will always come first.”