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 .

Click here to complete the online Partners in Practice Application

Additional Resources:

Early Childhood Education programs at COCC
Schedule of classes at COCC

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