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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program

Early childhood professionals who have higher education have been shown to have a better understanding of child development and to be more responsive to the educational and academic needs of young children.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program offers early childhood education program directors and teachers a pathway to pursue higher education. Access to scholarships for early childhood education is a critical piece to a successful professional development pathway.

We are affiliated with the national Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Early Childhood® initiative of the Child Care Services Association, and we hold the state license to offer scholarships in Colorado.

For more information, please contact Shannon Hall, Manager of Scholarships at (720) 899-3047 or by email. To fax your application send it to (720) 669-1544.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Please find information about the T.E.A.C.H. program in the tabs below. If you would like additional information download the T.E.A.C.H. Information Flyer.

Eligibility

Early childhood education professionals including directors, teachers, and family child care providers who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply.

  • Employed full-time in a licensed early childhood setting or at least 20 hours a week if working towards Early Childhood Teacher qualifications and at least 30 hours a week if working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Have worked at current early childhood program for at least 90 days by the start of the scholarship.
  • Meet income guidelines. As an owner or director, earning $25 per hour or less. As teaching professionals, earning $17 per hour or less. Exceptions may be made for rural resort counties.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee works to ensure T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program is an effective, efficient, and reliable tool for increasing the education levels of Colorado’s child care workforce. It does this by keeping the program relevant to the state’s needs and compliant with licensing requirements, maximizing the usage of funds, and educating the community about the importance of highly trained child care providers. The committee’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support goals to increase education levels, reduce turnover, and increase wages among the early childhood workforce in Colorado.
  • Set program administration policies and provide guidance on the development of program procedures.
  • Provide oversight and accountability for projects, programs, and services offered for and by the T.E.A.C.H. program.
  • Serve as advocates, facilitate access to policy makers, and help shape public policy that benefits the program.

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are interested in T.E.A.C.H. please download and complete the application and center agreement. Choose a scholarship option below for the corresponding documents. A center agreement must be submitted with your application. Scholarships are subject funding availability. If funding is unavailable, you can be added to our wait list.

For current T.E.A.C.H. recipients, renewal and reimbursement forms can be found below.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship

If you are a director, teacher, or family child care provider in the state of Colorado, you are eligible to apply. This model supports those seeking licensing requirements, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree.

The Denver Preschool Program T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

If you work in Denver County at a participating Denver Preschool Program (DPP) site and you are the director, teacher, or family child care provider, you are eligible to apply. Applicants must work with DPP eligible four-year-old children or be the director of the DPP site. Infant and toddler teachers are not eligible. This model supports those seeking an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a pathway to credential or positive teacher child interactions.

The KinderCare™ Education T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

If you are a director or teacher in a KinderCare Education™ program, you are eligible to apply. This model supports directors and teachers seeking an associate’s degree.

Renewal and Reimbursement Forms

For current T.E.A.C.H. recipients and their employer renewal and reimbursement forms are below.