About the Project
Child Care Services Association (CCSA) recognized many years ago that in order to provide quality early care and education services, the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood workforce would need to be addressed. In 1990, CCSA implemented the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps or T.E.A.C.H.) Project.
T.E.A.C.H. is a cost-sharing model that spreads the cost of earning a credential or degree among the early educator (recipient), her employer and T.E.A.C.H. – providing the recipient with needed funding, paid release time, a bonus or raise and the support of a T.E.A.C.H. Counselor. Licensed organizations in 24 states and the District of Columbia currently implement the model to fidelity, serving an average of 20,000 recipients annually with the support of a shared database, tools, technical assistance and training provided by the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center.
T.E.A.C.H. has created change for individuals working on the front lines of a critically important and perpetually under-resourced industry. Over 20 years of steady growth have resulted in an award-winning model and transformative results for the recipients, their families and employers, the children in their care and the higher education institutions where they learn.