What Is T.E.A.C.H?

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program provides opportunities for child care workers to complete higher education course work in early childhood education while providing sponsoring childcare programs an opportunity to develop their workforce.

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Who Benefits from T.E.A.C.H?

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Employee Benefits

  • Affords recipients the time and minimal expense for attending school and taking coursework leading to credentials and degrees
  • Increases knowledge and capabilities around early childhood education
  • Increases compensation
  • Increases professional status
  • Increases job satisfaction knowing your employer values your professional development
  • Provides academic and financial advisement

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Employer Benefits

  • Allows you to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of your staff around early childhood education
  • Enhances your program’s quality and improvement efforts to advance within the BrightStars rating process
  • Can reduce classroom staff turnover… Across the U.S., the average annual retention rate of T.E.A.C.H. scholars is at least 94%
  • Increases your staff’s professional status and job satisfaction

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Children & Family Benefits

  • Children are the main beneficiaries of T.E.A.C.H.
  • Children are able to bond with an early care and education professional who is a specialist in early childhood education, who understands child development, and who is sensitive to the needs of young children
  • Children benefit by having consistent caregivers with a commitment to the field.
  • Families can develop trusting and consistent relationships with their children’s educators.
  • Families can trust that their provider has early childhood knowledge and experience and knows about important developmental milestones.

T.E.A.C.H. is Built on Four Components:


T.E.A.C.H. provides opportunities for child care workers to access a higher education curriculum that focuses on the academic, social, and cognitive skills that develop in children from birth through preschool.


T.E.A.C.H. offers financial support to pay for college courses and fees, books, travel, and time away from work.


T.E.A.C.H. recipients earn a compensation bonus or raise after successful completion of a year of education.


T.E.A.C.H. recipients agree to continue their service as a child care professional with their sponsoring child care program for at least one year.