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TEACH Scholarship Overview

Monday, December 6, 2021

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. The program provided scholarships to the early learning workforce to complete coursework towards their associates and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education to: increase their compensation; improve their student outcomes by ensuring high-quality care and education for young children and families; and earn their credentials to increase their capacity and improve their practices in the field of early childhood education.

The T.E.A.C.H. D.C. scholarship program will sunset after the fall 2021 semester. The program will not provide scholarships after the fall 2021 semester.

On Sept. 15, 2021, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce College Development Program (WCDP), which will serve the purpose of providing scholarships to the early care and education workforce and incentives to educators who already meet the minimum education requirements moving forward. This program is new and a competitive grant award process is currently underway to select a grantee or grantees to administer the scholarship and incentive program – this opportunity is specifically for entities who wish to administer the program and not those who wish to apply for the scholarship or incentive at this time. OSSE anticipates that the new program will begin enrolling new scholars by the summer or fall 2022 semester. However, OSSE hopes to support the new grantee(s) in transitioning current scholars as soon as possible. OSSE will share more information about the program in the coming months and will work with T.E.A.C.H. and the selected grantee 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 [email protected] 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.