The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provides educational scholarships to early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system. Not in N.C.? Learn about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center.
If you’re just learning about the program, be sure to check out the program overview and F.A.Q, or see our community college directory. You’ll also find information on how to qualify, apply and contact us.
Get Started with T.E.A.C.H. NC
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program offers a variety of different scholarships to early educators who work in licensed settings in North Carolina.
Learn more about scholarships and see a list of scholarship models and applications.
Employers can access tools and tip sheets to assist you in navigation through the scholarship process.
Recipient Updates & Forms
All submissions will be received by T.E.A.C.H. admin staff and requests are passed to counselors four times daily.
Directory of Schools
Learn more about early childhood education programs at colleges and universities that support T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship programs through our directory.
Eligibility Income Caps Suspended through 6/30/2022
Effective immediately, all T.E.A.C.H. scholarship eligibility income caps have been suspended through 6/30/2022. Individuals whose earnings exceeded the previous income cap are eligible to apply for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship throughout the ECE workforce stabilization grant period. This policy change will be revisited again for FY22-23.
Working with DCDEE, we have made an adjustment to the T.E.A.C.H. eligibility during the stabilization grants
The existing T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program income caps proved to be a deterrent to program administrators and community specialists meeting established eligibility criteria. In an effort to expand eligibility in NC as we build the pipeline once again, the income caps have been temporarily suspended through the fiscal year (FY21-22) which includes the beginning of the DCDEE stabilization grant period. The temporary policy change for the T.E.A.C.H. income cap will be revisited again for the FY22-23.
New Policy Alert!
All active scholarships now require the submission of a tuition/book reimbursement form (Form B) along with receipts, account summaries and/or registration statements each semester.
Failure to submit these items could result in recipients being invoiced for the full amount of charges on the college bill. Final deadlines are one week from the date we receive a college bill.
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.
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 TEACH 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 one year 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 early education programs in North Carolina receive.
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program North Carolina is funded by the NC DCDEE.
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T.E.A.C.H. NC FAQs
Can staff participate on T.E.A.C.H. if they are receiving a Pell Grant or other financial aid?
Yes, T.E.A.C.H. encourages participants to apply for financial aid. If alternate sources of financial aid pay for tuition and/or books, T.E.A.C.H. is not able to reimburse for these costs.
Does T.E.A.C.H. help with online coursework?
T.E.A.C.H. will help with online coursework if taken through a North Carolina community college or participating university and as long as the coursework is required for completion of a credential or degree. T.E.A.C.H. does not offer scholarships to attend out of state schools or correspondence schools.
What courses can T.E.A.C.H. pay for?
T.E.A.C.H. will sponsor required courses needed to complete coursework towards your educational goals including developmental classes. The academic advisor at the community college can provide guidance regarding required courses and acceptable classes for the credential or degree being sought.
T.E.A.C.H. NC Annual Report
Download the latest report about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program North Carolina.
T.E.A.C.H. NC Testimonials
T.E.A.C.H. has helped me out a lot with being able to go to school. My ultimate goal is to be a director and I am closer and closer to that goal. Without T.E.A.C.H., I would not have been able to accomplish any of my educational goals.
— Teacher, Durham County
I started using T.E.A.C.H. back in 2007. Without T.E.A.C.H., I could not have financially afford to go to school. I just recently graduated with my AAS in Early Childhood Education and T.E.A.C.H. was a huge part in helping me reach that milestone in my life. I never had problems with receiving assistance from T.E.A.C.H. and I am forever grateful that T.E.A.C.H. was available to help me. I have told other providers about how much T.E.A.C.H. has helped me and how it can help them as well.
— Family Child Care Home Provider, Rowan County
I am grateful for the aid that I have received from the T.E.A.C.H. program. My 21 years of working in early childhood has been a blessing. Looking back, I made the best decision. With the help from CCSA, what I thought was impossible THEY made it possible.
— Owner, Durham County
T.E.A.C.H. NC Blog
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T.E.A.C.H. Talk Newsletter
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