The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center specializes in creating a professional, educated and fairly compensated early childhood education workforce.

What’s New

It’s Not Just for States – The Children’s Trust
There are now 24 statewide T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program (T.E.A.C.H.) and Child Care WAGE$® programs supporting early childhood educators to gain more education and improve their compensation. If your state does not have a state-wide program, local funders still …
Strengthening the Early Learning Workforce: Exciting Opportunities are Within Reach
It’s an interesting and exciting time to be working in the early childhood workforce area and with our early childhood programs. Decades of research related to the importance of a child’s earliest years and the brain development that occurs laying …
Life Beyond Graduation: Three-Year Follow-Up Study of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Recipients – Year Three
Background The early care and education (ECE) field is undergoing a major transition. With more research showing high-quality early childhood education as a major factor in a child’s future success in school and life, and the need for a child’s …
Creating Equity for and within the Early Childhood Workforce: A Policy Brief
In the last year, the country has faced two pandemics: the pandemic of the coronavirus and the pandemic of systemic racism. Both have impacted children, families, and the early childhood workforce. While the COVID-19 pandemic may be on the wane, …
Retaining Educated Early Childhood Educators: A Policy Brief
Research shows that the quality of early care and education children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education focused on young children’s development and learning. Parents also suffer from instability in early childhood programs. Read the …

Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. and Step Up to WAGE$

Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. and Step Up to WAGE$ demonstration programs are a new opportunity for states that have an interest in supporting the workforce through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to implement a short-to-long term early childhood workforce stabilization strategy.

Bring Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. to Your State

An “off-the-shelf” program to immediately turn ARPA funds into educational scholarships for early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system.

Bring Step Up to WAGE$ to Your State

An “off-the-shelf” program to immediately turn ARPA funds into education-based salary supplements into the hands of deserving early educators.