T.E.A.C.H. Celebrates Successes As It Nears 30th Anniversary

April 25, 2019

Published by CounciLINK on April 25, 2019

TEACHThe Council for Professional Recognition sends a hearty congratulations to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Initiative for nearly 30 years of stellar work to help professionalize and better compensate early childhood educators.

In 1990, the first T.E.A.C.H. scholarships were awarded in North Carolina to help early childhood educators take college courses and pursue degrees. Since then, more than 150,000 educators have received financial help.

Programs, such as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Initiative, are available in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The initiative is an evidence-based model that provides debt-free college education with comprehensive support for the early education workforce. According to its annual report, “It provides the structure for a comprehensive, sequenced program of early childhood higher education opportunities that recognizes the diverse educational backgrounds of early childhood teachers.” Executive Director Sue Russell runs the program.

“I’ve been admiring (the organization) from afar for many, many years, so it’s an honor for me to really be a partner with T.E.A.C.H.,” Dr. Valora Washington, Council CEO, said Tuesday. “I’ve been in the field for a very long time and there are a lot of initiatives that have come and gone, but T.E.A.C.H. endures.”

Indeed it does, as the numbers show. A sampling of T.E.A.C.H.’s success:

  • Its scholarship recipients have completed 89,058 credit hours
  • 88 percent of participants have worked as teachers or family child care educators
  • 561 community colleges and universities participate
  • 17 percent of participating community colleges offer full online associate degree option
  • 28 percent of participating universities offer full online bachelor’s degree option
  • T.E.A.C.H. recipients and their sponsors have served 616,955 children

T.E.A.C.H. programs used $33.6 million to support 14,704 scholarship recipients in 22 states and the District.

“It’s been a great pleasure for me to see up close and personal the work that (T.E.A.C.H. is) doing,” Washington added.


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