Center History

 

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center was established in 2000 in response to the growth and expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Initiative and to ensure the development, integrity and expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Initiative and other integrated education and compensation initiatives.

Celebrating Over 25 Years!

Then

  • 21 recipients
  • 3 counties
  • 2 community colleges
  • 200 children
  • $23,100
  • 1 scholarship model—associate teachers

Now

  • 136,653 recipients
  • 23 states + DC
  • 539 IHEs
  • Millions of children
  • $433.7 million
  • Array of scholarship models—CDA assessment, state credentials, associate, bachelors, teacher licensure, masters and more

1990     –      First T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships awarded in North Carolina

1996     –      New states licensed to implement T.E.A.C.H. programs

2000     –      T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center established

2001     –      First T.E.A.C.H. National Conference held

2001     –      T.E.A.C.H. National Advisory Committee formed

2003     –      Foundation funded research reveals value and importance of the Center’s national work

2004     –      T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® identified as a successful model of non-profit policy diffusion by The Urban Institute

2008     –      T.E.A.C.H. investments reach $200 million nationally

2010     –      20 years of T.E.A.C.H. celebrated

2010     –      100,000th T.E.A.C.H. scholarship awarded

2013     –      I Make a Difference for Young Children. Ask Me How. campaign launched

2014    –     24 states and DC operate T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship programs

2015     –      25 years of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® celebrated