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Federal Student Aid Resources

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    click here.
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The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program provides scholarships to child care teachers,
directors and family child care home providers to complete college course work in early
childhood education and to increase their earnings. These scholarships enable early
educators to take coursework leading to credentials and degrees by making it possible
for them to afford both the time and expense of going to school.


T.E.A.C.H. is a national, evidence-based strategy that creates access to higher
education for early educators working with young children in out of home settings. It also
helps states leverage the financial resources necessary to provide access to higher
education and support for the workforce. And it creates new and diverse advocates who
are necessary to support sustainable policy changes. From building capacity in higher
education to helping individuals attain their educational goals, T.E.A.C.H. can be a
change agent in every state.


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program Goals

  • To provide educational scholarship opportunities for people working in regulated early education
    and care settings including child care centers and family child care homes, Pre-k classrooms and
    Head Start and Early Head Start sites.
  • To increase the knowledge base of early childhood professionals working with young children,
    thus improving the care these children receive.
  • To encourage child care programs to support the continuing education of 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 commitment to child care 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 receive.


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Programs Around the Country

To locate a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program in your state, click on your state’s link below. If your state currently does not have a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program, you can contact the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center for more information.


State Resources


College Directories in Selected T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® States

The college directories linked below are designed to help college students know and understand what options are available to them in early childhood education and child development programs at community colleges and universities in T.E.A.C.H. states across the country. Each directory is updated annually and provides detailed information about these programs. These directories are available for use by all early childhood professionals, not just T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipients.