North Carolina educators have more opportunity with the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® NC Scholarship Program and TeachNC

Chapel Hill, N.C., August 27, 2019: North Carolina educators now have more opportunity to further their education and explore their career thanks to the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® NC Scholarship Program at Child Care Services Association (CCSA) and the new launch of TeachNC.

In 1990, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) created the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® NC Scholarship Program to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover in North Carolina’s early childhood workforce. Through proven outcomes, T.E.A.C.H. provides debt-free college education with comprehensive scholarships for the early education workforce.

“T.E.A.C.H. has made it possible for me to continually build on my education from an Associate’s in Applied Science to a Master’s in Education without incurring a huge amount of student debt,” said Joe Coffey, a T.E.A.C.H. recipient on track to graduate Spring 2020. “Early childhood education is a field in which the professionals are often underpaid and are themselves lacking resources. T.E.A.C.H. provides an avenue to advance education and careers while helping to avoid massive student debt.”

T.E.A.C.H. scholarships help early childhood teachers, family child care educators and program administrators go back to school to earn early childhood credentials and degrees. Scholarships require participants and their sponsoring employers to share a part of the cost of the education, creating a partnership to improve the care and education that our youngest children receive.

From July 2017 through June 2018, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NC scholarship program provided scholarships to 2,106 child care teachers, administrators, family home-based professionals and community specialists in 92 counties in North Carolina with enrollment in 55 community colleges, 12 state-supported universities and four private colleges. During this time, 57,543 children were cared for in a setting where a staff member was studying early childhood education through a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship.

TeachNC, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), BEST NC and TEACH, was created in 2019 to assist anyone considering teaching in North Carolina. TeachNC employs a robust web platform to support teacher candidates in their quest to become a teacher in North Carolina through many resources such as teacher compensation, living in North Carolina, licensure, recommended prep programs and more. TeachNC targets students who are just beginning to think about their career options in middle school all the way to mid-career professionals who may be considering a career change.

With TeachNC roadmapping a path for current and future teachers and CCSA’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® NC Scholarship Program working to improve the professional development, compensation and retention for early childhood educators, all of North Carolina’s teachers have a chance to lead our state’s next generation to a bright future.

About Child Care Services Association:

Founded in 1974, Child Care Services Association’s mission is to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all young children and their families. Using a holistic approach, CCSA supports children and families, helps child care professionals improve the quality of early education children receive and ensures that all families can afford and access the high-quality early care and education that is so important for a child’s early development. Through its Meal Services Program, CCSA also provides nutritious meals to children at child care centers, where they may eat 50-100 percent of their meals. Our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$ programs give child care professionals the means to obtain an education and supplement their salary based that education. CCSA also licenses T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ across the U.S. and conducts early childhood systems research and policy development statewide and nationally. For more information, visit www.childcareservices.org.