Welcome to the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood Scholarship Program!


Description automatically generatedTeacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1990, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program launched as a small pilot program providing a single comprehensive scholarship model to 21 early childhood teachers in North Carolina. Since then, the program has expanded to include states across the country. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program offers a strategy for systematically improving the education, compensation, and retention of the early learning workforce. This model is based on a partnership principle that involves the sharing of financial responsibilities by the teacher, director, or family childcare provider receiving the scholarship; the sponsoring child care facility; and the T.E.A.C.H. program. The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) was licensed and authorized to administer the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program in Washington, DC.

As NBCDI’s largest program, the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program provided scholarships to the early learning workforce to complete coursework towards their Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education to: 1) increase their compensation; 2) improve their student outcomes by ensuring high-quality care and education for young children and families; and 3) earn their credentials to increase their capacity and improve their practices in the field of early childhood education. 


Please contact T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood™ Scholarship Program in Washington, DC at 202-833-2220 x 6095  or teach_dc@nbcdi.org with any questions.



T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood Scholarship Program Update:


The T.E.A.C.H. D.C. scholarship program will sunset after the fall 2021 semester. The T.E.A.C.H. D.C. program will not provide scholarships after the fall 2021 semester. However, the Office of the State  Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will support the new grantee(s) in transitioning current scholars as soon as possible. OSSE will share more information about the new scholarship program in the coming months and will work with T.E.A.C.H. and the selected grantee(s) to support transitions for current T.E.A.C.H. scholars.  

For early childhood educators who wish to continue their coursework in the spring 2022 semester and would like to explore alternative sources of scholarship funding that may be available to you, please visit  OSSE’s Postsecondary and Career Education scholarships and grants webpage for additional information. For questions related to professional development or resources for early childhood educators, please contact the OSSE Early Childhood Education (ECE) Help Desk at ECEhelpdesk@dc.gov or by telephone at (202) 478-5903. You may also visit OSSE’s ECE Help Desk website or the Child Development Staff: Resources Available for New Education Requirements webpage.  

Thank you for your continued commitment to early childhood education. We wish all of you continued success after the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. program ends.