The History of T.E.A.C.H.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® was established in 1990 as evidence was mounting that teachers were leaving the field in droves, looking for better paying jobs. It was becoming increasingly difficult to attract teachers with college degrees. To try to understand the various issues facing child care providers, Child Care Services Association, Child Care Resources Inc. and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center partnered to conduct North Carolina’s first study of the early childhood workforce. The findings were not surprising. On average, child care teachers made little more than minimum wage. Few had any degrees beyond high school. The child care centers that employed these teachers did not provide compensatory time or dollars for continuing education. Turnover rates were almost 40% annually.


1989   –   Early childhood workforce study conducted in NC

1990   –   Foundations and two community's United Ways fund pilot for 21 T.E.A.C.H. scholarships awarded in NC

1992   –   First public funds awarded to expand T.E.A.C.H. in NC

1994   –   T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® name trademarked by Child Care Services Association as interest in the model grows nationally

1996   –   Initial states awarded T.E.A.C.H. Licenses

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

2006   –   Over 20,000 T.E.A.C.H. scholarships awarded annually

2008   –   T.E.A.C.H. reaches $200 million benchmark

2009   –   T.E.A.C.H. programs licensed in 21 states, with 4 more in development

2013   –   Over 120,000 scholarship recipients served since T.E.A.C.H. inception

2019   –   T.E.A.C.H. reaches $540.6 million benchmark, awards 165,942nd T.E.A.CH. scholarship and operating in 20 states and DC