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

Education, Equity & Economics: A Season of Change — T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center 2020-2021 Annual Program Report
In this year's annual report, you'll learn about the work the National Center and its T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ states have done to support the early childhood workforce through recipient stories, data, policy recommendations, special projects, and more.
A statement on passage of the Build Back Better legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, November 19, 2021
The Child Care Services Association and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center applauds the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Build Back Better legislation.
A Look at Salary/Wage Scales for the Early Childhood Educator Workforce
The white paper examines salary (wage) scales – what they are and what to consider when planning one. Specific state examples are offered, as well as a general discussion of the elements and characteristics of a salary schedule.
An Historic Leap in Building a Better Future for Children and Families
Today the White House released the framework of the Build Back Better, a historic set of policies and investments in children and families. Child Care Services Association and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center applauds the framework released today that puts …
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 …

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.