The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project is Enrolling New Students Now!

Are you a teacher at a child care center who is interested in earning a scholarship to pursue an Associate's degree?  Are you a home-based child care provider who is interested in earning a scholarship to pursue an Associate's degree?  Are you interested in receiving a scholarship for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment fee?

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project, operated by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, is enrolling new students for the Summer and Fall semesters!  As you may recall, the Council provided funding for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project in 2012.  The Council is very pleased with the progress of the program and the students who have enrolled to pursue Associate's degrees and CDA Assessment fee scholarships.  In fact, the Council approved additional funding for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project earlier this year.  We hope that this additional funding will support the dedicated early care and education providers who are interested in their own professional development through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project.

 

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Learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project and apply today!

 

Thanks to funding from the Council, Texas AEYC has been able to expand the reach of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project.  Currently, Texas AEYC supports T.E.A.C.H. scholars in 16 counties in Texas, pursuing both CDA credentials and Associate's Degrees. These scholars work with young children from birth to age 8, and work in Head Start, child care centers, and home-based child care programs.  Texas AEYC hopes to enroll many more scholars into the program for the Summer and Fall.

If you are a child care provider who is interested in one of the scholarship programs, please don't hesitate to apply!  The Council is proud to support the professional development of early childhood providers in our state through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project! Currently, there are three scholarship opportunities available through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project:

Child Development Associate Assessment Fee Scholarships

The CDA Assessment Scholarship offers scholarship funds to assist in paying the $325 assessment fee required by the Council for Professional Recognition in awarding a Child Development Associate Credential. The CDA Assessment Scholarship also pays a bonus to the CDA recipient once they receive their CDA Credential.

Associate Degree Scholarships for Center-Based Teachers

The scholarship program for Center-Based Teachers offers scholarships funds for individuals to take courses toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education at a local community college. It is a partnership between the Teacher, the Sponsoring Center and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas that enables T.E.A.C.H.ers to improve their skills, receive a financial reward and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities.

Associate Degree Scholarships for Family Child Care Providers

The scholarship program for Family Child Care providers offers scholarship finds to take courses toward and associate degree in Early Childhood Education at a local community college. It is a partnership between the Family Child Care provider and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas that enables providers to improve their skills, receive a financial reward and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities.

What is the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project?

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project is an innovative, evidence-based initiative that offers a strategy for systematically improving the education, compensation, and retention of the early childhood workforce.  Participants in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® program receive a scholarship to fund higher education coursework and related expenses towards an Associate's Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education, or a scholarship to help pay for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment fee.  Participants also receive four hours of paid release time from their employer to pursue their education.  In return, the employers receive a reimbursement for the paid release time, and participants agree to remain with their current employer for a period of time, reducing turnover and increasing retention in the early childhood workforce.  T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® is a national program that is operated in Texas by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.

Learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project and apply today!

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