Dear Educational Partners,

The California Department of Education (CDE) would like to share that the federal Department of Education announced a major change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program for a limited time, as result of the COVID-19 national emergency.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in financial hardship for many, including members of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. If an early childhood educator works for a qualified employer, which includes government and nonprofit preschool programs, they may now be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness, even if they were not previously.

Please note that some borrowers may need to consolidate their federal loans and/or submit a PSLF form by October 31, 2022, to take advantage of this opportunity.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program at

We hope this resource is invaluable to you and to those you work with in the early education workforce.


CDE Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) and P-3 Team

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