T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) is a comprehensive scholarship program that provides the early childhood workforce access to educational opportunities and is helping establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce for our children.

What does T.E.A.C.H. Pay For?

T.E.A.C.H. supports CDA assessments, CDA renewals, and early childhood associate degrees, bachelors degrees, endorsements to teaching licenses, and teacher licensure renewal.

Who is Eligible?

Early child care and education providers who:

  • Work in a regulated preschool, child care center, or home program for at least 30 hours per week (or all the hours your preschool offers programming with a 20 hour minimum)
  • Have worked with children birth to age 5 in current program for at least 3 months (6 months for bachelor scholarships)
  • Are working toward an early childhood degree, CDA credential (or renewal), endorsement, or teacher licensure renewal at an Iowa college 
  • Have the support of your employer (if applicable).
  • Demonstrate participation in or progress towards a quality initiative such as QRS, QPPS, Head Start, or NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation.

Download the general information flyer here.

Ready to apply?  Apply online now! Click here to download a paper copy of the application.
Interested in Learning More?

Watch our Introduction to T.E.A.C.H. video to learn more about the program. To contact one of our staff members, email teach@iowaaeyc.org or call 515-331-8000 ext 113. You can also like us on Facebook.

T.E.A.C.H. Works
T.E.A.C.H. is a national program designed to address the key issues of under-education, poor compensation, and high turnover within the early care and education workforce.  All T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships link increasing education levels with increased compensation and retention. Learn more here.
Other Scholarships:
If your program will not sign a T.E.A.C.H. contract, or you are not able to receive a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® IOWA scholarship, be sure to go to your college financial aid office for help. Click here to learn about several other resources that might be helpful.


Funding for T.E.A.C.H. IOWA comes in part from: the Iowa Department of Human Services through
federal funding from the Child Care Development Fund; Iowa Department of Management through Early Childhood Iowa Professional Development; United Way of Central Iowa, Women’s Leadership Connection; the Iowa Department of Public Health through MIECHV funds; Polk County Early Childhood Iowa Area; and the child care programs who co-sponsor a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipient.


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


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