T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT Scholarship Project


The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT provides educational scholarships!  Vermont’s first scholarships will be for an AA degree through the Community College of Vermont.  Eligible applicants work in licensed or registered early childhood programs as teachers, directors or home-based providers. (Click on the link below to view the models we offer):

TEACH Scholarship Model Chart

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® is an evidence-based, outcomes-driven and effective national strategy. This cost-sharing scholarship model provides a comprehensive education and support network to states that are committed to increasing the availability of accessible, affordable college education and workforce supports for professionals working in a variety of early education settings.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this growing network of 24 states and the District of Columbia, that have made a commitment to the education, compensation and retention of the early education workforce,” said Melissa Riegel-Garrett, VAEYC Executive Director. “Along with our new license, we have at our disposal a team of experts at the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center who has not only helped us get to this point with our license, but will also continue to support us through start-up and ongoing program implementation, ensuring our T.E.A.C.H. Project is accountable, effective, high performing and sustainable,” continued Riegel-Garrett.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT will offer scholarships to Vermont early educators. Our  T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT advisory committee determines types of scholarships offered and eligibility requirements (more info: advisorygroup.flyer) and fundraising is under-way.    If you would like updates about T.E.A.C.H. to be sent to you directly, please sign up for our e-connections newsletter.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

 Contact us at: 802-922-8986, 802-622-1155, 0r teachearlychildhoodvermont@vaeyc.org

More About the Project……

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

  • Comprehensive Scholarships–Provide support for early educators to access certificates and degrees in child development or early childhood education resulting in no student debt by providing partial support for tuition, books, travel, and paid release time
  • College Education–requirement to complete a specified number of credit hours per contract at a participating college or university coupled with support from T.E.A.C.H. counselors
  • Compensation–Increase earnings through the provision of a bonus and/or a raise for recipients who complete their education in a prescribed period of time to support economic viability of staff.
  • Commitment–requirement to remain in sponsoring early childhood education setting for specified time period (usually a year) upon receipt of a bonus or raise to reduce staff turnover
  • Counselor–Support each recipient by providing a state-based T.E.A.C.H. counselor able to assist the student in securing a scholarship, navigating the college processes, finding needed resources to increase core knowledge, and monitoring progress and needs.


Who administers the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT Program and how is it funded?  The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) is the administrative home and licensee for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT Program.  Child Care Services Association (CCSA), North Carolina, has agreements to license the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Projects in 25 states.  T.E.A.C.H. VERMONT scholarships are funded by the Early Learning Challenge Grant/Race to the Top.