The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program began in 1990 in North Carolina as a small pilot program providing a single comprehensive scholarship model to 21 early childhood teachers. The project offers a strategy for systematically improving the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood work force. The model is based on a partnership principle that involves the sharing of expenses by the early educator, director or family child care provider receiving the scholarship, the sponsoring child care facility and T.E.A.C.H. The Children’s Forum, Inc. is licensed and authorized to administer T.E.A.C.H.
T.E.A.C.H. works with over 65 colleges, universities, vocational technical schools, and community-based training institutions throughout the state. Under management of the Forum, the Florida T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program serves as an umbrella for a variety of educational scholarship opportunities for people working in early care and education programs including family child care homes. Since 1998, more than 57,000 scholarships have been awarded. The turnover rate for these T.E.A.C.H. program participants is less than 6%, compared to 30 – 40% nationally – a testament to the success of this program.
To learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Program or to become a participant contact us at: 877-FL-TEACH (358-3224) or TeachQuestions@thechildrensforum.com.