Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Washington, DC?
- T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) provides comprehensive scholarships for early childhood center teachers, family providers, and directors to work toward earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
- T.E.A.C.H. 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 25 hours per week
- Receive a participation agreement from your employer
- Work in Washington, DC
3. What does T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Washington, DC provide?
- Between 90 and 95 percent of the cost of tuition and books
- $400 in travel stipends per year
- 75 percent reimbursement for paid release time used to attend classes or study
- A $500 bonus (upon program completion)
4. What does the sponsoring employer provide?
- Five percent of the cost of tuition and five percent of tuituion only
- Paid release time of between 1-3 hours per week for attending classes or studying
- A $300 bonus or 2 percent raise
5. What does the scholarship recipient provide?
- Five percent of the cost of tuition and five percent of tuition only
- A commitment to remain at the sponsoring facility for one year upon program completion
How Do I Apply for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® DC?
Step 1: Get the “OK” from Your Sponsoring Center Director
Speak with your Center Director to help make sure she or he is ready to fully invest in T.E.A.C.H. Your facility needs to agree to pay 5 percent of your tuition and books, provide between 1-3 hours of release time to you each week to attend school or study, and award you a 2 percent raise or a $300 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: Apply to a College or University
In order to apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship you have to apply to a T.E.A.C.H. partner institution of higher education: the list is available at http://teach.nbcdi.org. Determine which T.E.A.C.H. 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. scholarship application.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA
You must 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. application. Receiving financial aid does not disqualify you from receiving a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship.
Step 4: Apply to T.E.A.C.H.
Once you have received an acceptance letter from a T.E.A.C.H. partner institution of higher education and completed your FAFSA, you will need to complete a T.E.A.C.H. application, which can be accessed on http://teach.nbcdi.org.
Step 5: Await Confirmation of Application Receipt
It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for us to process your application and make a determination of your eligibility. You can use the time to prepare and look into the courses that interest you. If you need assistance with choosing courses, please contact us and the ECE department’s academic advisor.
Step 6: Approval
Once all materials have been received, you will get an approval packet from a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship counselor. This approval packet will include details about your scholarship award and provide guidance on your next steps.