BMCC and Oregon Community Foundation Partner to Expand the Early Childhood Education Kickstart Event

Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Kaley Cope

PENDELTON, OR – Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) has announced that it has been awarded a total of $50,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation and its donors to support the expansion of BMCC’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Kickstart event.

The ECE Kickstart event is a three-day program to promote and recruit individuals into the field of Early Childhood Education in an effort to increase childcare availability in rural Oregon. The event is free to participants and completing the three-day program will earn them three free credits to BMCC.

“According to the Administration for Children & Families, early childcare is down more than 10 percent of pre-pandemic levels,” says Tammy Short, Director of Early Childhood Education. “A strong, stable, highly qualified Early Childhood Workforce is essential to child learning and development.”

Three separate funds of the Oregon Community Foundation contributed toward the $50,000 awarded to BMCC, including the Betty Gray Endowment, Latino Partnership Program, and the Byron and Cynthia Grant through the WRG Foundation Fund.

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