Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council

How much does it cost to participate in the Child Care Apprenticeship Program?

Each apprentice, mentor, and employer must pay a $35 individual annual membership fee to the VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council while participating in the Apprenticeship Program. As part of the T.E.A.C.H. Apprenticeship scholarship, apprentices will contribute 10% of the cost of tuition, fees, and books.  Employers will contribute 10% of the cost of tuition and fees, provide 3 hours/week release time for each apprentice, and give a 1.5% salary increase upon each successfully completed T.E.A.C.H. contract. These costs are offset by: 1) a bonus paid to apprentices at the end of each successfully completed contract and 2) partial reimbursement for release time for up to 3 hours a week for each apprentice, as per the contract agreement. Tuition, book, access, release time, and bonus supports are included in the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship.  Please refer to the Financial Example: Typical Annual T.E.A.C.H. Apprenticeship Contract. This document is intended to be used for informational purposes only.


T.E.A.C.H. responsible for:

Center/employer responsible for:

Recipient/apprentice responsible for:


Tuition: 80%

Books: 90%

Travel/access stipend: $80/semester to the apprentice

Release Time: Reimburse center for release time hours at $8.00/hr. up to 3 hours/week during each semester

Tuition: 10%

Books: 0%

Release Time: Up to 3 hours per week

Tuition: 10%

Books: 10%



Earning minimum 9 credit hrs./maximum 12 hrs.


$400 bonus to apprentice upon the successful completion of the T.E.A.C.H. contract

1.5% raise awarded to the apprentice upon the successful completion of the T.E.A.C.H. contract




1 yr. commitment to remain at center/employer beyond the end of T.E.A.C.H. contract

In addition to release time for the apprentice, employers need to provide adequate time during the month for the mentor to complete their responsibilities (approximately 30 minutes per week). These activities include observations, documentation, and opportunity for apprentice/mentor meetings. The time for apprentices to meet with their mentors can be included in the 3 hours per week release time requirement for each T.E.A.C.H. contract.