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About the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program

 

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) is 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 provides 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.

 

Our Successes

  • 94% of T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program scholars are women of color.
  • The average associate degree T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program scholar has a 3.19 GPA. The average bachelor's degree T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program scholar has a 3.06 GPA.
  • 100% of T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program graduates’ compensation increased by 5% or $0.41 per hour.
  • The average credit hours for an associates degree seeking T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program recipient is 13.5 credit hours. The average credit hours for a bachelor's degree seeking T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program recipient is 13.4 credits.