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eight (8) state teams

  • Florida – Children’s Forum, Inc.
  • Iowa – Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Indiana – Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Michigan – Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Nebraska – Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children
  • North Carolina – Child Care Services Association
  • Texas – Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Wisconsin – Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

a proven track record

Each year, on average more than 20,000 teachers, directors and family child care providers receive T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships.

  • Nearly 75% of participants receive scholarships to earn two- or four-year degrees
  • Scholarship recipients complete over 100,000 college credit hours
  • Participants demonstrate mastery of coursework, with a grade point average of 3.2
  • Annual earnings increase by 3% to 15% for T.E.A.C.H. program associate degree scholarship recipients
  • Turnover rates for T.E.A.C.H. associate degree scholarship recipients average less than 10% annually

Helping ensure accountability

Center staff work closely with all T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs through a system of ongoing technical assistance and quality assurance to help states develop operational policies and procedures that are consistent with the requirements of the program license agreement and develop scholarship models that address the needs of their state’s early childhood workforce. These activities are carried out through a schedule of monitoring/technical assistance visits, database training, regular reporting and national competencies that are self-assessed and independently validated. In addition, staff work closely with all T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ states to ensure program integrity through individualized technical assistance on an as needed basis via telephone, email and on-site consultations. All of these activities are in place to help states safeguard the integrity and quality of the programs and the financial investments in T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ as they grow nationally.

Developing supplement scales

Prior to acquiring a Child Care WAGE$® Project license, a state must develop a salary supplement scale that rewards early educators for achieving higher levels of education and for staying in the same child care setting. The education levels awarded and the amounts for each level must be determined. The scale must be graduated and represent logical progress through the educational system available in the state. Center staff provide technical assistance in creating a fair salary supplement scale as well as policies for supplement distribution.

unlike any other scholarship

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships:

  • Tie education, compensation and retention together
  • Pay for most of the cost of tuition, books and travel
  • Often require and support paid release time
  • Award increased compensation upon attainment of a prescribed number of college credit hours
  • Provide every participant with access to a scholarship counselor who 1) supplies all of the information and materials scholarship recipients and sponsoring centers need to get started; and 2) helps the recipient negotiate the higher education system including academic and career advising, financial aid and textbook acquisition.

The impact of T.E.A.C.H. goes beyond the individual recipient by:

  • Addressing retention of staff in early childhood programs
  • Creating demand for coursework that builds the capacity of educational institutions in local communities

change agent

Experiences over 20 years reveal that bringing the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project to a state in and of itself helps build the capacity of organizations serving the early childhood workforce, both organizationally and financially. Because the field is considerably under resourced at every level, bringing a T.E.A.C.H. project into a state often helps strengthen organizations that administer the program and helps build the infrastructure of fledgling organizations that take on the administration of T.E.A.C.H. T.E.A.C.H. also facilitates long-term systemic change in states by helping create access to higher education that was not available prior to T.E.A.C.H. This enables those organizations to take on new projects to address improvements in the early care and education system.

With a proven track record

Each year, on average more than 20,000 teachers, directors and family child care providers receive T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarships.

  • Nearly 75% of participants receive scholarships to earn two- or four-year degrees
  • Scholarship recipients complete over 100,000 college credit hours
  • Participants demonstrate mastery of coursework, with a grade point average of 3.2
  • Annual earnings increase by 3% to 15% for T.E.A.C.H. program associate degree scholarship recipients
  • Turnover rates for T.E.A.C.H. associate degree scholarship recipients average less than 10% annually

successful outcomes

Each year, on average more than 20,000 teachers, directors and family child care providers receive T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships.

  • Nearly 75% of participants receive scholarships to earn two- or four-year degrees
  • Scholarship recipients complete over 100,000 college credit hours
  • Participants demonstrate mastery of coursework, with a grade point average of 3.2
  • Annual earnings increase by 3% to 15% for T.E.A.C.H. program associate degree scholarship recipients
  • Turnover rates for T.E.A.C.H. associate degree scholarship recipients average less than 10% annually

Developing scholarship models

Scholarship models available through T.E.A.C.H. vary by state and help individuals earn:

  • Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelors Degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • State teacher certification and licensure
  • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership and Management
  • State early childhood credentials
  • State administrator credentials
  • Child Development Associate Credentials
  • …and more

Hosting Initial Meetings

Often states do not have the financial resources to support early development meetings. Staff of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center provides on-site presentations, technical assistance and materials for states interested in developing a WAGE$ Program. One on-site presentation to a team of statewide stakeholders may be available at no cost, if certain criteria are met.