How to Bring T.E.A.C.H. to Your State

Key variables to consider for getting a T.E.A.C.H.
Early Childhood® Program started in your state


Getting a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program started takes careful planning and consideration by a state’s early childhood community. In order for T.E.A.C.H. to be
a viable education and compensation strategy for a state, several things must take place.

For states that are exploring the possibility or are in the early stages of developing T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Programs, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center
(the Center) provides technical assistance and support to states in the following areas to assist in the planning process.


For more information on bringing a T.E.A.C.H. Program to your state, please contact us here.

“What makes the work of T.E.A.C.H. stand out from others working in the field is that the work is at once systemic – it seeks to change the way in which early childhood educators are perceived in society, as well as works with governments to demonstrate the importance of investing in this workforce; and at the same time changes lives of low income women and children. While changing perceptions and government investments at the macro level, T.E.A.C.H. is able to work on the ground with early childhood educators – increasing their skills, making them more effective educators of children, while assisting in increasing the incomes of low income women.”


Support from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National
Center for Launching and Maintaining a T.E.A.C.H. Program


Center staff work closely with all T.E.A.C.H. programs– providing training, technical assistance and support throughout the life of a T.E.A.C.H. license.

Center staff work closely with all T.E.A.C.H. programs to help them:

  • Identify possible sources of funding to support the implementation and growth of T.E.A.C.H. in their state.
  • Develop operational policies and procedures that are consistent with the requirements of the program license agreement.
  • Develop scholarship models that address the needs of their state’s early childhood workforce.
  • Recruit participants and expand their participant base.
  • Collect, analyze and report results by furnishing administrators with a database designed specifically for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program.

Center staff also provide:

  • Start-up and ongoing programmatic and database technical assistance and support.
  • Assistance with developing statistical reports on states’ program outcomes.
  • Resources and materials related to program operations and emerging issues in the field.
  • An annual T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium.

Implement Step Up to T.E.A.C.H., a Demonstration Program:

Acting on behalf of the Child Care Services Association, the Center will engage in a modified process to launch Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. in interested states through the American Rescue Plan Act to implement a short-to-long term early childhood workforce stabilization strategy. The goal is to offer a modified “off the shelf” product that can be implemented quickly and can get money into the hands of deserving early educators. Learn more here.