Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship Options for Family Child Care Providers, Center Teachers, and Center Directors (including director/owners)

This scholarship program for early childhood educators offers scholarship funds to take courses toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor’s Degree with an Endorsement or Concentration in Early Childhood Education at one of five higher education institutions. It is a partnership between the recipient, the program where they are employed, and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT that enables early childhood educators to improve their skills, receive a financial reward and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities.

Higher Education Institutions

Eligibility: Any family child care provider, center teacher, or center director who is registered or licensed with the Vermont Child Development Division is eligible. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and commitment to the Early Childhood Education field, as shown through information provided on the application.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT provides: funding for 80% of tuition, 90% of books, provides an access stipend each semester, reimburses the program for a portion of the release time given, provides a $500 contract completion bonus for recipients and provides counseling and administrative support for the program.

Scholarships can be extended for another year as long as funds are available, and as long as the recipient and early childhood education program continue to be eligible. T.E.A.C.H. will award scholarship contract renewals so the family child care provider, center teacher, or director can continue taking courses.

Financial Examples: (coming soon)

Scholarship Flyer

Family Child Care Providers

FAQs

What kind of commitment is the family child care provider required to make?

The provider must contribute 20% of the cost of tuition and 10% of the cost of books, complete 9 – 15 credits toward an bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education during each one-year scholarship contract, and continue to operate the family child care home for one year after completing each contract.

BA FCCP
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 20%
Books: 10%
Education Requirement 9-15 College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $500 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year In/Operating Family Child Care
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Center and Preschool Teacher Options

FAQs

1. What kind of commitment are scholarship teachers required to make?

As scholarship recipients, teachers must attend classes and successfully complete 9-15 credits during the contract year toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Teachers will be asked to contribute 10% of the cost of tuition and books for each course. At the end of the scholarship year, teachers are required to remain employed at their sponsoring center for one additional year.

2. Is there flexibility in the way in which teachers and centers can participate?

Yes. Two models for participation currently exist. Teachers and sponsoring centers each contribute 10% of the cost of tuition. Sponsoring centers also provide 3 hours of paid release time per week. In one model, sponsoring centers agree to provide a 1.5% raise to the teacher upon the successful completion of each TEACH contract. In the other model, sponsoring centers agree to provide a $300 bonus to the teacher upon successful completion of each TEACH contract.

3. What kind of commitment are centers required to make?

Centers must agree to sponsor a scholarship teacher by contributing 10% towards the cost of tuition, giving teachers paid release time each week and agreeing to award the teacher either a bonus or raise upon completion of each one-year scholarship contract. T.E.A.C.H. will reimburse centers for a portion of the cost of release time.

4. Can any type of center sponsor a teacher on a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship?

Profit, church, not-for-profit, public and Head Start programs can sponsor scholarship teachers. Programs must be a Vermont regulated child care or Agency of Education setting, with no unresolved violations within the last 12 months, or history of recurring violations, as defined by Child Development Division licensing regulations. Programs wishing to make a commitment to teacher education and compensation by meeting the terms of the scholarship contract can participate.

BA TR (raise option) BA TB (bonus option)
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Release Time Reimbursement
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
Release Time (PTO)
1.5% Annual Raise
Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
Release Time (PTO)
$300 Bonus
Education Requirement 9-15 College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $500 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
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Director Options

FAQs

1. Can directors from any center apply?

Yes. Directors can be from any licensed for-profit, church, not-for-profit, public or Head Start program. Programs must be a Vermont regulated child care or Agency of Education setting, with no unresolved violations within the last 12 months, or history of recurring violations, as defined by Child Development Division licensing regulations. Programs wishing to make a commitment to teacher education and compensation by meeting the terms of the scholarship contract can participate.

2. Are the requirements different for directors who are employees and directors who are also center owners?

Yes. Model One describes the program requirements for directors who are employees of the centers where they work and has a choice of a bonus or raise option. Model Two describes the program requirements for directors who are also owners of the centers where they work.

3. For Model One, what commitments are the director/employee and sponsoring center required to make?

Director/employee’s commitment
As a scholarship recipient, the director/employee must attend classes and successfully complete a minimum of 9 credits during the contract term toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. The director/employee will contribute 10% of the cost of tuition and books for each course. The director/employee must agree to continue employment at her/his sponsoring center for an additional year upon the completion of each TEACH contract.

Sponsoring center’s commitment
The center must agree to sponsor the director by contributing 10% of the cost of tuition. The center must also agree to award the director a $500 bonus or a 1.5% raise upon successful completion of each scholarship contract. The center should be willing to provide the director with a flexible schedule so she/he can attend classes as needed.

4. For Model Two, what commitments are the director/owner and sponsoring center required to make?

Director/owner’s commitment
The scholarship recipient must attend classes and successfully complete 9 – 15 credits during the contract term toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. The director/owner must contribute 20% of the cost of tuition and 10% of the cost of books for each course. The director/owner must also agree to continue to direct the child care center for an additional year upon the successful completion of each TEACH contract.

Sponsoring center’s commitment
The center must agree to allow their director to participate in the scholarship program. This sponsorship should include providing the director with a flexible schedule so she/he can attend classes.

BA DR (raise option) BA DB (bonus option) BA DO (director owner)
T.E.A.C.H. Provides Tuition: 80%
Books: 90%
Access Stipend
Recipient Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 10%
Tuition: 20%
Books: 10%
Employer Provides Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
1.5% Annual Raise
Tuition: 10%
Books: 0%
$500 Bonus
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 9-15 College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $500 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
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