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.
Saturday, Oct. 1, the 2023-24 FAFSA cycle officially begins. The form is open until June 30, 2024, on a rolling basis. You should complete the form as soon as possible, as many schools award aid on a first-come, first-served basis.
The FAFSA questions ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and your financial situation. The 2023–24 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet previews the questions students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA form.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships of Early Childhood Apprentices
The Associate Degree Scholarship for Early Childhood Apprentices is specifically designed for early childhood apprentices working in licensed programs enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program in North Carolina. Registered early childhood apprenticeship programs are a strategy to help strengthen the pipeline into the early care and education workforce.
Eligibility Income Caps Suspended until further notice
T.E.A.C.H. scholarship eligibility income caps have been suspended until further notice. 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.
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.
New Report: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program: Supporting ECE Workforce Development, Education, Compensation and Retention in Western North Carolina
In 2022, CCSA contracted with Dogwood Health Trust to conduct a study of T.E.A.C.H. participants in 18 counties in western North Carolina. This report includes information about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarship program participants in the area served by Dogwood Health Trust and outcome data related to increased education, wage progression, retention and degree attainment and a comparative analysis of outcome data from a pre-COVID-19 point in time to the present.
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
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
The T.E.A.C.H. program has positively changed my life. I was thrilled to be a recipient of this grant, without it, I would not be able to return to school. To this day, my T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has enabled me to earn a four-star rating at our center, earn my level 1 (soon my level2) Administration Credential and finally the ability to perform my job in a superior fashion.
— Owner/Director, Transylvania County
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
T.E.A.C.H. NC Blog
Child Care Services Association’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Program announces its newest scholarship opportunity, the Associate Degree Scholarship for Early Childhood Apprentices. This scholarship was developed with the guidance and support of NC’s Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to uniquely support the educational and experiential needs of apprentices statewide working in licensed programs that are participating in a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program.
In North Carolina and across the country, the child care industry is struggling to recruit and retain workers. It’s a tight labor market and child care programs report difficulty in paying wages that are competitive with other community employers (such as Target or Walmart or McDonalds). Unlike other local employers, child care programs are looking for individuals who have a passion for working with children and also have early childhood competencies important for a business based on promoting the healthy development of children.
“WAGE$ makes me want to keep going with my coursework. I love what I do, but there is not a lot of money in it. WAGE$ is an incentive to do it, to keep going because there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My supplement increases with more classes. Who doesn’t like getting more money for more education when that coursework also helps change your life? You have education and you have money. It is a win-win. I don’t want to lose my supplement. It’s a big incentive.”
T.E.A.C.H. Talk Newsletter
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