T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program


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In 1990, Child Care Services Association created the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® provides educational scholarships to early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system.

What’s New in T.E.A.C.H.

Incentive Bonus Offers

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina is proud to announce our Early Educator Contract Renewal Incentive Program. This program provides an additional bonus to current T.E.A.C.H. Associate, Bachelor, or Birth-Kindergarten Licensure scholarship recipients who work in a NC licensed facility.  The extra bonus will be issued to the recipient in recognition for successfully completing all requirements of the scholarship contract and for renewing another T.E.A.C.H. contract for the following year.

 Contract Renewal Incentive FAQ

New Scholarships now available

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina is now offering two new scholarships for child care providers who would like to renew their CDA Credential Certificates. For applications and a general FAQ sheet for these scholarships, please refer to the Credential Scholarship portion of  the “Apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship” section below.

Are you working in a North Carolina licensed child care facility unwilling to sponsor employees on a comprehensive T.E.A.C.H. scholarship? Help is still within reach! Contact us at 919-967-3272 to learn more.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program Goals

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program is an umbrella for a variety of different scholarship programs for those working in the early education field in North Carolina. Every T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has 4 components: Scholarship, education, compensation, and commitment. The Goals of these scholarships are:

  • To provide educational scholarship opportunities for people working in regulated early care centers and family child care homes.
  • To increase the knowledge base of early care and education professionals working with young children, thus improving the care these children receive.
  • To encourage early care and education professionals and organizations continuing support to educate their staff.
  • To provide increased compensation that is directly related to increased education.
  • To reduce staff turnover by supporting the above goals while also requiring from participants a commitment to early education after their scholarship year.
  • To provide a sequential professional development path for teachers, directors, and family child care home providers currently in the field.
  • To create a model of partnership for improving the quality of care that children in the early education programs in North Carolina receive.

General Information about T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

Who can participate in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program?
Which T.E.A.C.H. scholarship is right for you?

What is the application process

Applicant completes application and submits it to the T.E.A.C.H. program.

T.E.A.C.H. admin enter application into database and pass to a counselor for review.

Counselor reviews application to see that it is complete.

  • Incomplete applications: Counselor contacts applicant, then reviews materials once received
  • Complete applications: Acceptance packet printed and passed for final approval

Approved packets are returned to the counselor for follow up, then passed to admin for mailing.

Contracts and an award letter are mailed to recipient, along with any other applicable documents.

  • Examples: Internet Permission Form, Authorization to release academic information, Pre-Authorization Request Form, and Form B

Award letters and Form Cs (if applicable) are mailed to sponsor/owner.

Recipient and sponsor/owner (if applicable) sign all copies of the contract, returning one copy to T.E.A.C.H.

  • If included in recipient’s packet, any additional documents (as listed above) can be returned at this time.


Apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

If you already know which scholarship model you are interested in applying for, download, print and fill out the appropriate application from the list below.

Important: For those intending to earn their Bachelor Degree or BK Licensure through Gardner-Webb University please submit an Intent to Apply for Scholarship Form along with your application.

Credential Scholarships
Early Childhood Associate Degree Scholarships

Early Childhood Bachelor Degree/Birth-Kindergarten Licensure Scholarships

Kinder Care Learning Corporation® Scholarships

Stipend-Based Scholarships
Scholarship for non-facility based Early Childhood Education Professionals
Early Childhood Graduate Degree Program Scholarship

What to know about sponsoring your employee(s) on a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship

Congratulations on sponsoring your employee(s) in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NC Scholarship! We are very excited that you are assisting your employee(s) in continuing their education while working in the early care and education field. Important sponsorship data has been compiled below as a tool to assist you in navigating through the scholarship process.

We hope that this information will help everyone have a better understanding of the way T.E.A.C.H. works and the expectations for you and the participant.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact T.E.A.C.H. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to working with you as you support your staff in pursuing their educational goals! We encourage you to share with the parents of the center about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NC scholarship program. Please write or call your legislature and thank them for the opportunity to better serve the children of NC.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sponsorship

Glossary of Terms and Forms

T.E.A.C.H. Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program needed?
What is the history of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program?
What have T.E.A.C.H. participants said about the Program?

Submit completed applications and other paperwork to:
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina 
P.O. Box 231
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
Or fax: (919) 967-7040


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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina newsletter

January – March 2018 edition

October – December 2017 edition

July – September 2017 edition