T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT is a comprehensive scholarship program that provides the early childhood workforce access to debt-free educational opportunities and is helping establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce for our children in the Green Mountain State. We currently offer scholarship models for the Vermont Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program, an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and Licensure/Endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

A Brief History

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) is designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated structure for a variety of scholarship initiatives. The Project was created to improve the education of people working in child care centers and family child care homes while increasing their compensation. Developed through Child Care Services Association in North Carolina in 1990, T.E.A.C.H. was created to upgrade the level of education of teachers working with young children while making the educational process affordable, increasing wages and reducing turnover. T.E.A.C.H. is now available in more than 25 states, including VT.

Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. in this video:


Funding for T.E.A.C.H. VERMONT comes in part from a variety of sources including:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association of North Carolina.

The Five Components of T.E.A.C.H.

  • Comprehensive Scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. offers financial support for college tuition, books, and an access stipend. T.E.A.C.H. requires that the sponsoring child care program offer paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs.
  • College Education. T.E.A.C.H. helps scholars earn a required number of college credits in early childhood education. In one scholarship contract (1 year, 3 terms), each recipient must successfully complete a required number of credit hours (minimum of 9, except for licensure) toward a degree or credential in early childhood education.
  • Compensation. T.E.A.C.H. scholars earn a raise or bonus after each successfully completed scholarship contract.
  • Commitment. T.E.A.C.H. scholars agree to continue service as a child care professional in their current early care and education setting for at least one year following the completion of each contract.
  • Counseling. T.E.A.C.H. Counselors offer support to navigate the college process and T.E.A.C.H. paperwork, including scholarship management and career development.


1. Who is eligible?

Early child care and education providers who:

3. What should I do before applying?


Early Childhood Education and the Community College

1. What will I learn by taking early childhood education courses at a community college?

There are many different courses a student can take. They include courses on child development, educational materials and activities, children’s art, working with parents, nutrition, teaching children with special needs and child care administration.

2. Am I qualified to be a student at a community college?

A high school diploma or equivalent is all you need. There is a skills assessment (Accuplacer) that is required to be completed before entry.

3. How do I enroll in a community college?

Contact the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the college. You can reach him/her by calling the main number at the college. The Coordinator will tell you how to enroll and help you select your classes.

4. When do classes start?

Classes are offered on a trimester-basis and each trimester lasts approximately 12-15 weeks. Generally the trimesters begin in January, May, and August.

5. When do classes meet?

CCV offers classes during the day, evenings, on weekends and online. Contact your local CCV site to find out what courses are available and when.

Ready to Apply?

Application deadlines are:

July 15 – Fall Term December 1 – Spring Term April 15 – Summer Term

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Applications:


Contact one of our staff members today!

Brenda Schramm, ECE Workforce Development Director
Chani Krech, Operations & Administrative Coordinator



T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT
19 Marble Ave, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: (802) 387-0870