1. What is T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Washington, DC (T.E.A.C.H. D.C.)?
- T.E.A.C.H. D.C. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) provides comprehensive scholarships for early childhood center teachers, family providers and directors to work toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field.
- T.E.A.C.H. D.C. improves the quality of teaching as well as the overall quality of early care and education by increasing teachers’ education, compensation and retention and decreasing turnover.
2. Who is eligible for the scholarship?
In order to receive a scholarship, you must:
- Be an early childhood educator
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Work in a licensed center or child development home, Head Start or Pre-K program in the District of Columbia
- Work a minimum of 20 hours per week
- Receive a participation agreement from your employer
- Complete the Interested Applicant Survey
3. What does T.E.A.C.H. D.C. provide?
- More than 90 percent of the cost of tuition and books
- A stipend per registered semester
- Paid time off to attend classes or study
- A stipend bonus upon completion of a 12-month contract
4. What does the employer provide?
- Small percentage of tuition costs
- Paid release time for attending classes, studying or running errands
- A stipend bonus or pay raise contingent on passing grades
5. What does the scholarship recipient provide?
- A commitment to remain at the sponsoring facility for one year upon program completion
- Regular communication with a scholarship counselor
- Register and submit authorization forms in a timely manner
- Reporting of any changes to employment, college status or difficulty in meeting my course/college requirements or scholarship contract to scholarship counselor
- Submission of grades to T.E.A.C.H. D.C. counselor within 30 days of the close of the semester
How Do I Apply for T.E.A.C.H. DC?
Step 1: Get the “OK” from Your Sponsoring Center Director
Speak with your center director to help make sure they are ready to fully invest in T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Your facility needs to agree to pay a small percent of your tuition and books, provide release time to attend school or study and award you a raise or a stipend bonus upon completion of each contract. In exchange, you agree to complete your classes successfully while maintaining your employment and commit to staying at your current place of employment for at least one year at the end of each contract.
Step 2: Complete the Interested Applicant Survey
Teachers interested in applying for the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. must complete the Interested Applicant Survey. T.E.A.C.H. D.C. works closely with interested applicants to submit any additional evidence required to determine eligibility.
Step 3: Approved Applicants and Sponsoring Employers Attend Orientation
Approved applicants and their sponsoring employers are required to attend an orientation to receive the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood Education Scholarship application. Orientation is held once a month and introduces the scholarship program to approved applicants and their sponsoring employers including topics such as book reimbursement, bonuses and class credit limits.
Step 4: Apply to a College or University
In order to apply for a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Scholarship you have to apply to a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. partner institution of higher education: the list is available at teach.nbcdi.org/college-and-university-directory. Determine which T.E.A.C.H. D.C. partner institution you want to attend and complete the appropriate application process. Upon admission, you will need to include your acceptance letter in your T.E.A.C.H. D.C. scholarship application.
Step 5: Complete the FAFSA
Applicants are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Attach a copy of your FAFSA confirmation letter (verifying completion of your FAFSA) to your T.E.A.C.H. D.C. application. Receiving financial aid does not disqualify you from receiving a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Scholarship.
Step 6: T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Scholarship Application
Once you have received an acceptance letter from a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. partner institution of higher education, complete the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. application. T.E.A.C.H. D.C. will email an online application through Adobe Sign. The application must be completed and submitted through Adobe Sign. Upon submitting your application, email the application evidence, college/university letter of acceptance and most recent paystub to [email protected].
Step 7: Sponsoring Employer Agreement
Sponsoring employers must sign the Sponsoring Employer Agreement to compete the application. This agreement confirms the sponsoring employer’s commitment to sponsoring the teacher for a scholarship.
Step 8: Acceptance Packet & Meet Your T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Counselor
Once all materials have been received, you will get an approval packet from a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. scholarship counselor. This approval packet will include the first contract and other forms including the book reimbursement form, electronic payment form, grade release form and personal responsibility agreement.