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 online at NCC

If you have taken classes at NCC before but it has been longer than a semester since you have attended, you will need to complete a READMIT form online.

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 a Credit Registration form (PDF) with the course(s) selected. Be sure to complete the form and sign. On the top right corner of the form write TEACH to allow the Bursar’s office to match funds for your registration with TEACH funding approvals. (A paper registration is required to be signed by your advisor your 1 st semester. Please scan and email to record@northampton.edu for AAS degree or ckuker@northampton.edu for credentials and certificates each semester. Students obtaining an Associates degree may self-register online after each advising meeting.)

Step 8  - You will receive an Itemized Financial Billing Statement showing the cost of tuition for the course.

Step 9 – To confirm that you are enrolled in your course(s),  go to MyNCC and click My Schedule