T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center

The Mission 

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center develops, implements
and sustains programs and strategies that result in a well educated,
fairly compensated and stable early childhood workforce to ensure the
long term success of our nation’s children in school and in life. 


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The Vision

Every child in an early childhood setting has a teacher who is well educated and well compensated. Every early childhood teacher has access to affordable college education and workforce supports and earns a living wage.

The History

In July 2000, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center, later renamed the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (the Center), was created in response to the growth of T.E.A.C.H. and to ensure the development, integrity and expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Project and other integrated education and compensation initiatives. Center staff provide services and develop products that support the work of existing T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ states; coordinate and support new states operating a T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$ Project; and conduct outreach activities and provide technical assistance to states that want to develop T.E.A.C.H. and other integrated education and compensation initiatives.

 Fact Sheet: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center

Want to learn more about the Center? This Center Overview Webinar highlights the work of the Center and the our services, resources, tools and supports that are available to you.

Upcoming Webinar

Moving the Needle on Articulation—Progress From a 10-State Project 
May 19, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. eastern daylight time
Hosted by the Office of Child Care Administration for Children and Families

The Center has been working with 10 States over a 2-year period to advance articulation efforts. Over the span of this project, articulation work has been guided by principles and has been gathered into four critical elements. This webinar will use those critical elements to review supports provided to the States by the National Center, strategies employed by the States to move the articulation needle, and challenges and successes experienced by the States. The Center will discuss its views on lessons learned and critical next steps in the articulation discussion.

Join us for a webinar and discussion with Sue Russell, Executive Director, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center at the Child Care Services Association, and Sharon Sullivan, Higher Education Manager, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center. Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, will welcome participants to and introduce this webinar.

Please register for the Moving the Needle on Articulation—Progress via this Web site: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8067504207515055617.

After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center – an Overview


Helping ensure accountability and successful
outcomes for all T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Projects is part of the work of the national T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center. The Center is the hub of the wheel that:

  • Provides of a team of dedicated experts whose institutional knowledge is foundational to the start-up, sustainability and ongoing success of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ nationwide.
  • Supports quality and accountability and fosters progress and expansion for all T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Projects.
  • Has the ability to tailor programs to meet states’ specific needs and bring them to scale effectively and cost efficiently.

Acting as organizational consultants, the Center:

  • Provides technical assistance and support to states to get a T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$ Project off the ground – The Center provides customized materials, technical assistance and deep experience to successfully and efficiently launch Projects.
  • Tailors T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$ program components to meet states’ specific needs – With a long history and national presence, the Center has experience in a variety of regional, political and educational environments. Center staff provide ready-made and state-specific strategies to help states deal with changing circumstances.
  • Helps states avoid costly mistakes – Center staff knows what works, and has the experience to help states avoid serious problems.
  • Helps states adapt to changing circumstances – When faced with policy changes the Center can help states identify and build new strategic partnerships and provide data to make the case.
  • Helps identify and advocate for new funding opportunities – When a program is ready to expand scholarship and supplement options, the Center can help explore new funding streams.
  • Keeps states informed about training and compensation innovations and changes in other T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$ Projects around the country – States are guaranteed to always have information on innovations and the most up-to-date research from the field.
  • Collects, analyzes and reports data on the impact of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Projects across the country – The Center provides aggregated data on positive outcomes to inform state and national efforts to sustain and expand projects. This powerful advocacy tool, when used with policymakers, funders and the media, offers proof that T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ work.
  • Provides a national face and voice for the early childhood workforce – When a state begins to operate T.E.A.C.H., it becomes part of a national support system with a network of peers to learn from.

Additional Services and Products

  • Ongoing, specific and readily available technical assistance to support the daily operation of both scholarship and supplement initiatives.
  • Annual training and technical assistance via the National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Institute.
  • A multi-faceted, relational database program with extensive capabilities for generating contracts and letters, keeping records and producing reports.
  • A quality assurance program based on a 16-competency self-study tool and peer reviewed and validated portfolio development process.
  • Fact sheets to help states make the case to funders and policy makers
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National T.E.A.C.H Annual Report 2013-2014

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The T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® National 
Annual Program Report, 2013-2014

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center Core Values and Guiding Principles  

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center holds true to a set of guiding principles and a set of fundamental core values that define the character and culture of the Center.  These principles and values are born out of knowledge and understanding developed through years of service to state and national early childhood education systems and through the growth and expansion of the Center’s work. They are enduring qualities and shared convictions that we bring to our profession and are a fundamental strength of our work.

We believe the Center should be held to a set of principles that ensure:

  • Accountability – Promoting programs and practices that result in measurable outcomes based on data.
  • Responsiveness – Ensuring timely technical assistance based on an understanding of the needs of our customers and responding to those needs.
  • Data Driven Results – Creating well-focused and well-planned and well-informed solutions and outcomes that are backed up by data.
  • Adequate and Sustainable Services – Providing programs, services and products based on current industry drive research, data and best practice.
  • Advocacy and Public Education – Providing a voice and face for the early education workforce.
  • Integrity – Safeguarding the quality of the programs and the financial investments in T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ as they grow nationally.

  Complete Core Values and Guiding Principles document 

Investment Strategies for Creating a Stable, Well-Educated and Fairly Compensated Early Childhood Workforce

Are you looking for proven strategies to solve the longstanding problems facing the early childhood workforce including:

  • Too little education?
  • Inadequate pay and benefits?
  • Short-term commitments to classrooms and the field?

Many states have found the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$®Projects are the right solutions for them.

With a proven track record and off-the-shelf models tailored to the individual needs of states, there is no need to re-invent the wheel. These programs may be the right solutions for your state too.

“If we were just doing a scholarship program (without the brand recognition T.E.A.C.H. brings) we would not still be here. The value is critical. People (legislators, the governor, etc.) do not question the quality of the program. You can’t buy that.”

– T.E.A.C.H. Project State Administrator

The results for the workforce speak for themselves.

  • Higher educational attainment
  • Better compensation
  • Longer retention

And the results reach far beyond the workforce.

  • Increased and flexible coursework options in higher education
  • Sustainable policy changes
  • New and diverse advocates


Interested in exploring what it takes to bring a T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$® Project to your state?

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center can help you get started now.

“T.E.A.C.H. buys outcomes. If you just throw money at it, you won’t get these outcomes. There is a systemic approach, it is monitored, and there are accountability and national standards.”

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Advisory Committee

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Advisory Committee is seen as a natural extension of the Center and was formed to advise the Center on broad issues affecting the Center. The Committee is made up of five national leaders in the early childhood field and representatives from five T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® or Child Care WAGE$® Projects.

National Advisory Committee Charge

The charge of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Advisory Committee is to promote the expansion of T.E.A.C.H. and other integrated education and compensation initiatives as national strategies for improving education and compensation of the early childhood workforce and to guide policy development and promote policies that ensure the integrity of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Center.

Advisory Committee Responsibilities are to:

  • Advise the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Center and make recommendations on policies and protocols that support high standards for outcome-based performance for all T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Projects.
  • Promote the expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project and other integrated education and compensation initiatives.
  • Attend meetings and actively participate in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Advisory Committee for a term of three years, with renewal terms allowable.

Publications and Events

National Annual Reports
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The T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® National Annual Program Report, 2013-2014
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National Professional Development Symposium

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The National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium is held annually in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Who Should Attend

  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® staff.
  • Professionals supporting the professional development of the early education workforce, including non-profit organization professionals and higher education faculty.
  • Partners working in or on behalf of early education systems including state and national governmental agency personnel, funders and others working on professional development systems.

Symposium Offerings

  • Workshops and panel presentations addressing
    • Staff development and day to day operations of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ initiatives
    • Broader issues of professional development, quality improvement systems, higher education, advocacy and public policy for all early childhood professionals
  • Nationally known speakers who address topics timely to the field
  • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country

Hotel information coming soon.

Checkout the 2015 program here!


Presentations from the 2015 Symposium

 Keynote Presentation: Early Learning, Where are We Going? by Libby Doggett

Presentations from the 2015 National Articulation Summit

 Keynote Presentation: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8- A Unifying Foundation by Albert Wat

Presentations from the 2014 Symposium

 Keynote Presentation: The Extraordinary Potential of Early Childhood Education by Larry Schweinhart

 Plenary Session: T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Project National Outcomes

 The Affordable Care Act: What It Means for Early Educators

 National Board Certification for Early Educators: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

 What T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Participants Need to be Successful in College


“Accreditation is not the articulation magic wand or singular solution….” but reiterated how accreditation can be a powerful third party voice for quality assurance when colleges and universities begin discussions.

-Marica Cox Mitchell, NAEYC

Accreditation: A Strategic Link for Articulation, December 2013. Hosted and presented through a cooperative effort of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Marica Cox Mitchell, NAEYC’s Director of Higher Education Accreditation and Support, presented with assistance from Jessica A Cooper, M.S, Alamo Colleges: St Phillip’s College, and Pamela Evanshen, Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education, East Tennessee University.


  Q & A Sheet

  NAEYC Standards and Accreditation Systems: A Strategic Link for Articulation, Presentation by Marica Cox Mitchell


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