What is T.E.A.C.H.?

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® IOWA 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.

All preschool teachers, child care center directors, teachers and aides, and child development home providers working in regulated programs in Iowa for a minimum number of hours each week are eligible for this scholarship.

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.

T.E.A.C.H. is built on four components:

Education: T.E.A.C.H. helps participants earn a required number of college credit hours in early childhood education each year.
Scholarship: T.E.A.C.H. offers counseling and financial support to pay for college courses and fees, books, travel, and time away from work.
Compensation: T.E.A.C.H. participants earn a compensation bonus or raise after successful completion of a year of education.
Commitment: T.E.A.C.H. participants agree to continue their service as a child care professional in their current early care and education setting.

Who is Eligible for a Scholarship?

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 your 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 (or would like to be)
  • Have the support of your employer (if applicable).
  • Demonstrate participation or progress towards a quality initiative such as QRS, QPPS, Head Start, or NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation.

To Apply for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, please click here.

Interested in Learning More?

Watch our Introduction to T.E.A.C.H. video to learn more about the program.


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

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