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T.E.A.C.H. EARLY CHILDHOOD® SCHOLARS PROGRAM

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project is designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated structure for a variety of scholarship initiatives. The Project was created to improve the education of people working in child care centers and family child care homes while increasing their compensation. The first component, the Early Childhood Associate degree Scholarship Program for Child Care Teachers was developed in 1990. In 1993, the program expanded statewide and increased to include the early Childhood Associate degree Scholarship Program for Directors, and the North Carolina Child Care Credential Scholarship Program. In the Fall of 1994, the Early Childhood Bachelor's Degree Scholarship Program for child care center teachers and directors became available as well.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars program is designed to meet the needs of full-time students majoring in Child Development at North Carolina colleges and universities. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including foundations, corporate contributions, and from the Division of Child Development through the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the state legislature. What is the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars program? The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars program is a scholarship program which provides financial awards to full-time students who are enrolled in Child Development degree programs in colleges and universities in North Carolina. Who is eligible for the program? Full-time students who are juniors or seniors enrolled in an undergraduate Child Development program at a North Carolina college or university are eligible to apply. Which colleges and universities in North Carolina are eligible to participate? Appalachian State University, Barton Collge, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Greensboro College, Lenoir-Rhyine College, Mt. Olive College, Meredith College, NC A&T State University, NC Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University all have undergraduate programs in child development. What is the deadline date for turning in your application? Spring semester-January 31st Summer semester-May 31st Fall semester-August 31st

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What degrees are acceptable? Most of the colleges and universities listed offer degrees either in Child Development or Human Development & Family Relations. Most of these schools have a non-licensure track, as well as a track leading to BirthKindergarten licensure. How does the program work? Selected recipients will receive an award of $2,000 each semester, for up to five semesters. The funds will be sent directly to the college/university or to the recipient (by request). What commitment must the Scholar make? Upon graduation, each Scholar will be required to complete employment in a More at Four classroom in North Carolina. A reasonable effort must be made to find employment in a More at Four classroom. A recipient receiving two years of assistance would be required to complete two years of employment. How much time do Scholars have to complete the employment commitment? Scholars receiving the award for one year will have up to two years to complete the one year employment commitment. Those Scholars who receive the award for two years will have up to four years to complete the required two years of employment. What happens if the Scholar cannot complete the service commitment? The Scholar is expected to repay the full amount of the award with interest. What are the selection criteria? T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars are students who are committed to working with young children. Scholarships will be awarded to those applicants who demonstrate their commitment to early childhood education and whose completed applications reflect excellence. Selection will be based on the quality of the essays, the applicant's past academic performance, three references and demonstration of their commitment to young children. Preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate financial need. Call or write for more information: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project Scholars Program Child Care Services Association P. O. Box 231 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919)967-3272 www.childcareservices.org

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