T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Scholarship

How to Apply

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) have restored public funding to the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program effective for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year. Scholarships are available for upcoming semesters and retroactively for any semester beginning after July 1, 2016.

PACCA offers a variety of T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships to meet the needs of the early care and education workforce. Links to scholarship brochures & applications can be found below. Scroll down the page for a list of Colleges & Universities that previously partnered with T.E.A.C.H.

Associate's Degree - CDA Credential Scholarship Brochure & Application (PDF)

Bachelor's Degree Scholarship Brochure & Application (PDF)

Certification Only Scholarship Fact Sheet & Application (PDF)

CDA Assessment Scholarship Application (PDF)

Completed applications can be submitted to PACCA by:

Email: teachinfo@pacca.org
Fax: (717) 657-0959
Mail: 20 Erford Rd, Suite 302
Lemoyne, PA 17043

If you have any questions about eligibility or scholarship requirements, contact T.E.A.C.H. at (717) 657-9000.

T.E.A.C.H. Partnering Higher Education Institutions

Below is a list of previous T.E.A.C.H. partnering colleges and universities that scholarship recipients attended. PACCA is currently working to re-establish billing agreements with these institutions for the Spring 2017 semester. To inquire about a particular institution or the status of their T.E.A.C.H. billing agreement, please contact a Counselor at (717) 657-9000.

 Arcadia University  Bloomsburg University of PA  Bucks County Community College
 Butler County Community College  California University of PA  Carlow University
 Chestnut Hill College  Cheyney University of PA  Clarion University of PA
 Community College of Allegheny County  Community College of Beaver County  Community College of Philadelphia
 Delaware County Community College  Eastern University  East Stroudsburg University of PA
 Edinboro University of PA  Gannon University  Gratz College
 Harcum College  Harrisburg Area Community College  Holy Family University
 Indiana University of PA  Keystone College  King’s College
 Lackawanna College  Lehigh Carbon Community College  Lock Haven University of PA
 Luzerne County Community College  Manor College  Messiah College
 Montgomery County Community College  Mount Aloysius College  Neumann University
 Northampton Community College  Penn State Dubois  Penn State Shenango
 Penn State York  Pennsylvania College of Technology  Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
 Point Park University  Reading Area Community College  Shippensburg University of PA
 Slippery Rock University of PA  University of Pittsburgh  West Chester University of PA
 Westmoreland County Community College    

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Background

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program works with providers, colleges and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers.

T.E.A.C.H. obtains its funding through grants from businesses, foundations and government. By helping to increase professionalism, raise wages and reduce turnover of child care staff, this public-private partnership brings higher quality care to Pennsylvania’s children. T.E.A.C.H. is administered by the Pennsylvania Child Care Association.

T.E.A.C.H. raises the standard in child care

The bottom line is that T.E.A.C.H. helps child care providers become more than just baby sitting agencies. We raise the standard by making quality education and better compensation a reality for a greater number of child care workers.

These factors create a more productive atmosphere for teachers and children. The end result is more consistent care which contributes to a higher level of school readiness for children. In a nutshell, T.E.A.C.H. is not just about the success of child care staff. It is about providing the necessary early care and education to help children be more prepared to learn in future years.


T.E.A.C.H. brings greater stability in child care

Continuity in a child care setting is important. Many children, however, are denied consistent care from the same teachers due to a high turnover of employees in the child care profession. High staff turnover in child care programs can hinder the development of children for obvious reasons. Greater turnover means less stability in the work place and less continuity in terms of the time a particular teacher spends with children. T.E.A.C.H. helps participating child care programs to retain staff longer so that children receive the benefits of higher quality care. In short, greater retention of staff equals better quality service. And this translates into children who will be better prepared for future learning.


Four components of T.E.A.C.H.

Every T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has four key components:

  • Scholarship. The scholarship covers most of the cost for tuition and books. Recipients also receive a travel stipend each semester they are enrolled in class. T.E.A.C.H. requires that the sponsoring child care program offer paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs. Participants are assigned a counselor to assist them in scholarship management and career development.
  • Education. In one scholarship year, each participant must successfully complete a required number of credit hours (usually 9-15) toward a degree or credential in early childhood education.
  • Compensation. At the end of the scholarship year, if they complete their educational requirement, participants are eligible to receive either a stipend or a raise.
  • Commitment. Participants agree to continue working in their child care program for one year after each scholarship year.

Benefits of T.E.A.C.H.

Children are the main beneficiaries. They are able to bond with a provider who has made a commitment to the field, who is a specialist in early childhood education, who understands child development and who is sensitive to the needs of the very young. Child care teachers benefit by increasing their knowledge and compensation. To date more than 5,000 child care professionals in Pennsylvania have participated in the program.

Child care professionals benefit by increasing their knowledge and compensation. In turn, they experience increased professional status and job satisfaction.

Child care programs benefit by having staff members who are more knowledgeable about good early childhood practices. Participating center directors have reported reduced staff turnover, which has helped to improve their program quality and marketability.


History of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project

The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Program began in North Carolina on July 1, 1990. The pilot project awarded 21 scholarships to teachers working in centers in Wake, Durham and Orange counties, allowing them to attend one of two community colleges to take courses leading to an associate degree in early childhood education. The pilot was immediately successful and additional funding was garnered from two regional foundations to test the model in four other parts of the state. For more information on the creation of T.E.A.C.H. in North Carolina, visit the Child Care Services Association Web site.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program awarded the first scholarships in September 1998 using private and business collaboration dollars. The Department of Public Welfare began funding scholarships in January 1999. These scholarships were only available in four pilot regions of the state. With increased funding from DPW in 2000-2001, T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania expanded statewide to offer scholarships in 58 counties. Our goal is to award scholarships in every county in Pennsylvania.