The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Initiative holds true to a set of fundamental core values. These values are born out of an original set of four basic principles that were established when T.E.A.C.H. was founded and implemented as a small pilot project in 1990. These values still hold true today.

Simply, our T.E.A.C.H. Core Values require us to:

  • Develop and provide resources to increase the education, compensation and retention of the early education workforce
  • Build partnerships for professional development
  • Reach the diversity of the field
  • Use and strengthen existing higher education
  • Increase collaboration through the formation of a state-level advisory committee
  • Collect, analyze, and share data
  • Create educational pathways
  • Strengthen the early childhood infrastructure within states
  • Work to deliver high-quality, outcome-focused
  • Think system, not program as we grow and develop workforce initiatives
  • Advocate for increased compensation for the early childhood workforce
  • Be accountable to funders, T.E.A.C.H. customers, the workforce, policymakers and higher education systems

“There is no way that we can be successful in moving towards a credentialed staff in early childhood programs unless strong partnerships are established with institutions of higher education. T.E.A.C.H. is paving the way with these institutions to ensure that there is access to degrees in early childhood and that the system is coherent for early childhood providers. They began this work step by step in North Carolina and these conversations are now underway across the country.”

National Advocate