T.E.A.C.H. offers three different Associates Degree scholarship models for Family Child Care Providers, Center Teachers, and Directors (including Director/Owners).

Family Child Care Providers

FAQs

1. What is the Early Childhood Associate Degree Scholarship Program for Family Child Care Providers?

This scholarship program for family child care providers offers scholarship funds to take courses toward an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at CCV. It is a partnership between the family child care provider and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT that enables providers to improve their skills, receive a financial reward and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities.

2. Who is eligible for an Associates Degree Family Child Care Provider scholarship?

Any family child care provider 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.

3. What kind of support does the scholarship provide?

The scholarship covers 80% of the cost of tuition and 90% of the cost of books. It also provides a release time stipend each term, which can be used to provide substitute coverage in order to study, attend class or meet personal needs. An access stipend is also provided each term and T.E.A.C.H. awards a $300 bonus upon completion of the scholarship contract. T.E.A.C.H. staff provides counseling and administrative support for the program.

4. 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 associate 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.

5. What kind of financial reward does the family child care provider receive?

The provider is awarded a $300 bonus upon completion of the required 9 – 15 credits of coursework within the contract year.

6. Can a scholarship be extended for another year?

As long as funds are available, and as long as the family child care provider continues to be eligible, T.E.A.C.H. will award scholarship contract renewals so the provider can continue taking courses.

AA 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.) $300 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year In/Operating Family Child Care
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Center and Preschool Teacher Options

FAQs

1. Who is eligible for an Associates Degree Center Teacher scholarship?

Any teacher who would like to obtain an Associate Degree by enrolling in coursework in Early Childhood Education and who is employed full-time (30 hours/week minimum) in a licensed child care center or a licensed family child care home is eligible to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and commitment to the Early Childhood Education field, as shown through information on the application.

2. What kind of support does the scholarship program provide?

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT pays 80% of tuition, 90% of books, provides an access stipend each semester, reimburses the center for a portion of the release time given, provides a $300 contract completion bonus for teachers and provides counseling and administrative support for the program.

3. 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 $250 bonus to the teacher upon successful completion of each TEACH contract.

4. 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 an Associate 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 in return for a salary increase or bonus.

5. 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.

6. 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. Any licensed center wishing to make a commitment to teacher education and compensation by meeting the terms of the scholarship contract can participate.

7. Can a scholarship be extended for another year?

As long as funds are available, and as long as both the child care center and teacher continue to be eligible, T.E.A.C.H. will award scholarship contract renewals so the teacher can continue taking courses.

AA TR (raise option) AA 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)
$250 Bonus
Education Requirement 9-15 College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $300 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
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Director Options

FAQs

1. Who is eligible for an Associates Degree Director scholarship?

Any director who would like to earn an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. If you are employed full-time (30 hours/week minimum) in a licensed child care center or a licensed large family child care home you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and commitment to the Early Childhood Education field, as shown through information on the application.

2. What kind of support does the scholarship program provide?

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT pays for 80% of tuition and 90% of the cost of books, provides an access stipend each semester and offers counseling and administrative support. T.E.A.C.H. awards a $300 bonus to each director who completes the 9-15 credits within a contract year.

3. Can directors from any center apply?

Yes. Directors can be from any licensed for-profit, church, not-for-profit, public or Head Start program. Any licensed center wishing to make a commitment to director education and compensation by meeting the terms of the program can participate.

4. 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.

5. 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 $375 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.

6. 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.

7. Can a scholarship be extended for another year?

As long as funds are available, and as long as both the recipient and center continues to be eligible, T.E.A.C.H. will award scholarship contract renewals so the director can continue taking courses.

AA DR (raise option) AA DB (bonus option) AA 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%
$375 Bonus
Bonus Suggested
Education Requirement 9-15 College Credits
Compensation (T.E.A.C.H.) $300 Bonus
Commitment Additional Year at Sponsoring Program
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