19. Important Financial Aid Information

VT Early Childhood Apprentices are required to apply for the VSAC Vermont Advancement Grant and notify VTAEYC/T.E.A.C.H. VT of their financial aid decision. T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship recipients are required to apply annually for federal financial assistance (FAFSA) and VSAC Vermont Part-Time […]

18. What is T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT?

Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) is a comprehensive scholarship program that provides the early childhood workforce access to educational opportunities and is helping to establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated, and stable workforce for children.  First established in 1990 in […]

16. What are the benefits for sponsors?

Employers: Benefit from participating staff members building strong and open relationships; stronger teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills. Benefit from participants engaging in reflective practices, which will enhance staff’s quality over time. Benefit from a more skilled and better educated staff; […]

15. What are the sponsor responsibilities?

Sponsors: Need qualified mentors on site who are willing to work closely with less experienced staff. Commit to the process of ongoing professional development for their staff members. Should think carefully about which staff members would be a good match […]

14. Who are the sponsors?

Sponsors are employers who agree to support an apprentice/mentor team in the Vermont Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program. The program must be a Vermont regulated child care or Agency of Education setting, with no unresolved violations within the last 12 months, […]

13. Can I have a mentor who doesn’t work for my employer?

No. To meet VT Department of Labor requirements, apprentices and mentors must work in the same regulated child care program. This allows facilitation of regular assessment of on the job skills and guidance through this professional journey. Apprentices and mentors […]

12. What are the benefits for Mentors?

Mentors: Attend mentor training, offered at no cost with option to receive credit Develop leadership and mentoring skills while supporting an apprentice Use their knowledge and experience to guide their mentee’s professional development and examine best practices for working with […]

11. Who qualifies to be a Mentor?

Mentors: Have the experience and education to enable them to serve as role models and resources. Have a degree in Early Childhood Education or a minimum of 18 college credits directly related to ECE. Desire the opportunity to mentor and […]