North Carolina T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program Announces New Certificate Scholarship for Early Childhood Educators

The North Carolina T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program announces a new Certificate Scholarship Program designed to support Infant-Toddler and Preschool Certificate attainment

Chapel Hill, N.C., August 29, 2019: The North Carolina T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program (T.E.A.C.H.) of Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is pleased to announce the addition of its new Certificate Scholarship Program for early childhood educators.

This comprehensive scholarship is specially designed to support Infant-Toddler and Preschool certificate attainment. The coursework offered through the early childhood Infant-Toddler Certificate Program has a clear emphasis on children birth through two years of age. The Preschool Certificate Program provides a series of courses for early childhood professionals working with young children three through five years of age. The scholarship program offers a package of supports for recipients to take courses toward an Early Childhood Certificate up to 19 credit hours at any of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

T.E.A.C.H. scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. There is only one application needed to apply for this scholarship to attain two potential certificates.

Current recipients who are already participating in the associate degree scholarship program through T.E.A.C.H. do not need to submit a separate scholarship application for the certificate program. T.E.A.C.H. will be awarding retroactive scholarships to eligible, already enrolled applicants as of July 1, 2019.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program creates access to higher education for early educators (teachers, directors and home-based professionals) who are already working with young children in licensed facilities. The program offers a comprehensive package of supports that pay for college education, reward achievement and retain better qualified early educators in the field. Scholarships are accepted at each of the state’s 58 community colleges.

To learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and how to apply for the new Certificate Scholarship Program, visit

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