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We have funding for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program and are now accepting applications!

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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.

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity scholarship provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations. Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are welcome to apply!

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

ECCLA is excited to announce that you can now apply online for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship. To apply online, please click on the link below and create an account. Once you have an account set up you can:

  • Learn about our different programs
  • Apply to one or more of our programs
  • Download and upload documents for your application
  • Take surveys
  • Find resources and more!

Your online application will be submitted using SSL encryption which ensures your application information is 100% secure.


Please find information about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program in the tabs below. If you would like additional information download the T.E.A.C.H. Information Flyer.


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

  • Live and work in Colorado
  • Employed full-time* in a licensed early childhood setting defined as:
    • 20+ hours a week if working towards Early Childhood Teacher or Director qualifications
    • 30+ hours a week if working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Meet income guidelines**:
    • As an owner or director, earning $35 per hour or less
    • As teaching professionals, earning $25 per hour or less.

*Exceptions may be made for programs that do not operate on a full day schedule
**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.

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 For more information on our Director Qualifications
Model, please click
on the image or contact Shannon Hall.

For information on all of our scholarship models, click on the image to view our scholarship matrix.


If you are interested in applying for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship, please download and complete the application and corresponding Center Participation Agreement. Choose a scholarship option below for the corresponding documents. A Center Participation Agreement must be submitted with your application for it to be considered. Scholarships are subject to funding availability. If funding is unavailable, you can be added to our wait list.

For current T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship recipients, renewal and reimbursement forms can be found below.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship: Early Childhood Community Specialist Models

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® EC Community Specialist Scholarship Stipend Models are for early childhood specialists not working in a center/program-based child care but serves the field in a different capacity such as a coach, substitute, trainer, etc. These recipients are enrolled or eligible to enroll in a certificate or credential program, or an Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree program.

Application Documents:

Please use this form if you are a T.E.A.C.H. recipient that owes a payment to the program. Your payment will be processed securely online.

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