Partners in Practice (PIP) is a scholarship award program offered by a partnership between Central Oregon Community College, the Early Learning Hub of Central Oregon and NeighborImpact Child Care Resources. The program includes key components including flexible class offerings, intentional outreach, course relevancy, alignment with state and regional goals, diverse opportunities for professional growth and whole student support, all of which is available for early childhood education providers, employees and volunteers.

If you have been considering professional development growth in the early childhood education sector this would be the perfect opportunity for you to pursue and achieve your academic goals!

Partners in Practice offers evening, weekend and online college classes for early childhood professionals, whether you’re pursing a one- or two-year certificate, working toward a degree or simply expanding your knowledge.. These cutting-edge courses support you in your pursuit to deliver the best for the children you serve and help you work toward statewide goals, such as increasing your step on the Oregon Registry.

The scholarship application form and additional support is available at the Early Childhood Education Department at COCC campus in Bend or by contacting NeighborImpact, Child Care Resources at, Office: 541-323-6575 .

Download a Partners in Practice Application: English/Spanish

Additional Resources:

Early Childhood Education programs at COCC
Schedule of classes at COCC

Central Oregon Community College Early Childhood Education Offerings:

Ed 112, Children’s Literature and Curriculum
Ed 140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Ed 151 Observation and Guidance in Early Childhood Education (online)
Ed 172 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education
Ed 173 Movement, Music and Arts in Early Childhood Education
Ed 199 Outdoor Teacher Training
Ed 199 Nutrition, health, safety in young children *
Ed 216 Purpose/Structure of Education
Ed 24 Antibias Curriculum in Education
Ed 240 Learning Through Play*
Ed 245 Trauma Sensitive Classrooms*
Ed 245 Trauma Sensitive Classrooms
Ed 261 Early Childhood Education Practicum I
Ed 262 Early Childhood Education Practicum II
Ed 290 English Language Development in Primary Classroom (online)

* Offered in Spanish


Are You Eligible?

  • An owner or director of a program licensed through the State of Oregon as a registered family or certified center OR
  • An employee at a program licensed as a registered family or certified center OR
  • A current or anticipated volunteer at a program licensed as a registered/certified family or certified center AND
  • Oregon Registry Online (ORO) account

PIP is Funded by:

  • Meyer Memorial Trust.
  • The Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund
  • Sister Maggie Pastro
  • Sister Josie
  • Members of the Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund Committee