Center History


The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center was established in 2000 in response to the growth and expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Initiative and to ensure the development, integrity and expansion of the T.E.A.C.H. Initiative and other integrated education and compensation initiatives.

Celebrating 30 Years of T.E.A.C.H.

Then - 1990
(North Carolina)

  • Pilot with 21 teachers
  • Operating in three counties
    in North Carolina
  • Offering one scholarship model - associate degree
  • Leveraging $23,100 from five funding sources
  • Purchasing college credits in two community colleges and no universities

To Date - 2020 (Nationally)

  • Established initiative with over 174,000 early educators to date
  • Provided T.E.A.C.H. scholarships in 35 states + DC
  • Offering an array of scholarship models for ECE credentials, certificates and associate, bachelor's, master's degrees
  • Leveraged $583 million to date in direct public and private investments
  • Purchased college credits in over 600 higher education institutions

1990     –      First T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships awarded in North Carolina

1996     –      New states licensed to implement T.E.A.C.H. programs

2000     –      T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center established

2001     –      First T.E.A.C.H. National Conference held

2001     –      T.E.A.C.H. National Advisory Committee formed

2003     –      Foundation funded research reveals value and importance of the Center’s national work

2004     –      T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® identified as a successful model of non-profit policy diffusion by The Urban Institute

2008     –      T.E.A.C.H. investments reach $200 million nationally

2010     –      20 years of T.E.A.C.H. celebrated

2010     –      100,000th T.E.A.C.H. scholarship awarded

2013     –      I Make a Difference for Young Children. Ask Me How. campaign launched

2014    –     24 states and DC operate T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship programs

2015     –      25 years of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® celebrated

2018     –      150,000th T.E.A.C.H. scholarship awarded and T.E.A.C.H. investments reach $500 million nationally