Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) is a comprehensive scholarship program that provides the early childhood workforce access to educational opportunities and is helping to establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated, and stable workforce for children. First established in 1990 in North Carolina, T.E.A.C.H. is now available in more than 25 states, including VT. Scholarships have five main components:
Education T.E.A.C.H. helps participants earn a required number of college credits in early childhood education.
Scholarship T.E.A.C.H. offers financial support for college courses, books, travel and time out of work.
Compensation T.E.A.C.H. participants earn a raise or bonus after each successful completion of a T.E.A.C.H. contract.
Commitment T.E.A.C.H. participants agree to continue service as a child care professional in their current early care and education setting for one year after the end of the educational portion of their contract.
Counselor T.E.A.C.H. Counselors offer support to navigate the college process and T.E.A.C.H. paperwork.
The T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship program is designed so that student, employer, and T.E.A.C.H. Vermont all contribute to the full cost of the educational program.
Vermont currently offers three T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship models to support early childhood educators:
- Child Care Apprenticeship available to staff working in Vermont programs with at least 2 employees.
- Associate Degree available for family child care providers, staff, directors and owners in Vermont registered or licensed child care programs.
- Teacher Licensure available for family child care providers, staff, directors, and owners with a Bachelor Degree in ECE or related field and who work in Vermont registered or licensed child care programs.
Models 1 and 2 are accessible through the Community College of Vermont.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Scholarships are facilitated through the VT Association for the Education of Young Children (VT AEYC). VT AEYC holds the license with T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood ® National to coordinate statewide efforts for T.E.A.C.H. scholarships. T.E.A.C.H. Vermont Scholarships consist of the five main components as outlined above, allowing for 9-12 credits per contract period. Contracts are renewable as long as the scholar and the sponsoring child care program continue to meet the scholarship and model requirements.
Staff from VT AEYC assists scholarship candidates in selecting the appropriate scholarship model to meet the candidate’s educational and career goals; supports candidates in completing the application, orientation and enrollment processes for the scholarship model; act as liaisons between the scholar, VCCICC, and CCV staff to ensure requirements from all perspectives are being met; support scholars with resources to troubleshoot educational, financial aid, scholarship and/or life-work balance challenges; support sponsoring centers and directors as requested; support scholars with adhering to documentation requirements for the scholarship; and ensure compliance with all T.E.A.C.H. National license competency requirements.