T.E.A.C.H. Tuition Assistance

Eligibility Requirements for the T.E.A.C.H. Tuition Assistance Program  

To be eligible for funding consideration, applicants must meet all the following requirements as follows:

  1. Applicants must work a minimum of 25-30 hours per week directly with children in a DHS-certified child care program participating in Keystone STARS

  2. Make $19 or less an hour ($25 or less per hour for directors)

  3. Must be interested in pursuing coursework at a participating college (at least 9 credits per year) toward a degree or credential in early childhood education

  4. Bachelor’s degree applicants must meet additional eligibility criteria, which includes having at least 55 transferable credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent . NCC Associates degree students earn 61 credits to graduate.

To Determine Eligibility (Please allow at least 4 weeks for processing of NCC and TEACH Documents):

T.E.A.C.H., the scholarship recipient and sponsoring center (if applicant is employed by a child care center), each pay a portion of the recipient’s educational costs.

Most scholarship models require recipients to successfully complete 9-15 credit hours during a contract year towards a degree or credential in Early Childhood Education and commit to working in their child care program for one year after each scholarship year.

Centers must agree to sponsor a scholarship recipient by contributing a percentage of costs, providing staff paid release time each week and agreeing to award the recipient a raise or stipend at the end of the scholarship year.

T.E.A.C.H. pays for a percentage of the cost of tuition and books, provides a travel stipend each semester, reimburses the center for a percentage of release time given, and provides counseling and administrative support for the program.

For a Comparison Chart Rising STARS vs TEACH Visit Here

To Determine Eligibility (Please allow at least 4 weeks for processing of NCC and TEACH Documents):

Step 1 - Download an application at pacca.org https://www.pacca.org/how_to_apply.php

(Please Note: if going to NCC, you cannot use TEACH for the director credentialing program, you must use RSTA)

Step 2 - Call a T.E.A.C.H. counselor at (888) 296-1917 with any questions about the application process.

Step 3 - Complete the application and mail, fax, or email to: 20 Erford Road, Suite 302 Lemoyne, PA 17043 Phone: (717) 657-9000 Fax: (717) 657-0959 teachinfo@pacca.org

Step 4 - T.E.A.C.H. will confirm receipt of your application via e-mail. You will then receive a letter regarding your application status in 6-8 week

Step 5 - Apply or ReApply Online at NCC

Step 6 - Speak with an Advisor at Northampton Community College to enroll in the AAS degree in Early Childhood education courses. Contact: Advising at (610) 861-5346. Please forward all previous college coursework OR

To enroll in either a CDA or SAPC (each program is 9 credits) or a credential RENEWAL course (3 credits)- Contact ckuker@northampton.edu to help you select your courses. In the email, state your interest in either CDA, SAPC, Renewal, or the AAS Degree (61 credit program)

Step 7 - Complete the registration process in WorkDay. For assistance with registering at NCC with a TEACH scholarship, contact ckuker@northampton.edu. Once enrolled please scan and email to record@northampton.edu for AAS degree or ckuker@northampton.edu for credentials and certificates each semester. Students obtaining an Associate Degree may self-register online after each advising meeting.

Step 8 - You can log into WorkDay to locate your financial billing statement showing the cost of tuition for the course. Please allow NCC at least 4 weeks for processing of NCC and TEACH documents.

Step 9 - To confirm that you are enrolled in your course(s), again go to WorkDay to locate