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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin Scholarship Program


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN is a statewide scholarship program designed to help child care and preschool teachers,
Head Start teachers, family child care providers, school-age providers, center directors and administrators advance their
educational qualifications while continuing their current employment. T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps)
links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early childhood programs.
Eligibility requirements can be found on the WECA website.

All scholarships enhance educational qualifications through credit-based course offerings within the Wisconsin Technical College System or in Wisconsin public and private universities and colleges. A college directory is available for more information. Current scholarship models include:

  1. Credential Scholarship for one of the approved Wisconsin Registry Credentials
  2. 3-8 Credit Scholarship
  3. Associate Degree Scholarship
  4. Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship

Support Provided

The scholarship recipient, sponsoring program, and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN work together in partnership. T.E.A.C.H. provides a significant portion of tuition, book and when applicable, The Registry Commission expenses; a semester
travel stipend; reimbursement for some work release time; plus administrative and counseling support. At the successful
completion of a contract, the scholarship recipient is rewarded with a bonus from T.E.A.C.H. and a raise or bonus from their sponsoring program. In return, the scholarship recipient commits to a longer tenure in his/her current employment.
To learn more about this partnership, visit the WECA website: 


Who benefits? Everyone!

  • Scholarship recipients can afford to go to school to achieve their educational goals and are rewarded with
    a bonus or wage increase.
  • Early education programs are often able to advance their YoungStar quality rating and can retain staff longer who
    are more knowledgeable about how children grow and learn, and more skilled in putting knowledge into practice.
  • Children experience more consistent relationships with teachers and providers who are more likely to be sensitive and responsive to their needs and
     more supportive of their families.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® WISCONSIN is one of 24 states nationwide, plus the District of Columbia, holding a license from
Child Care Services Association. This scholarship program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Contact T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN for more information

Updated February 13, 2015

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