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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age educators increase their levels of education, compensation, and commitment to the field by earning college credits and degrees. It is a national program licensed by T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® National Center located in North Carolina.

Interested in learning more about how much a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship will cover? Use our T.E.A.C.H. Cost Calculator to estimate your expenses and the amount of assistance you could receive.

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Early Childhood or School-Age Care Provider Scholarship

Family child care providers, center-based staff, or school-age care staff can receive funding to take credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education at an accredited Minnesota college or university. T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships cover 85% of the cost of tuition and books for up to 18 credits per year. Recipients also receive a travel stipend and release time. Upon successful completion of nine or more credits, recipients may receive a two percent raise (center-based only) and/or a $250-$300 bonus. Scholarship recipients commit to remaining at their place of employment for at least one year after their scholarship end date. Other scholarship options are available for early childhood educators wishing to pursue fewer credits or who choose to complete their CDA trainings at an approved college or university.


Early Childhood Trainer Scholarship

Achieve Approved Trainers can receive financial assistance to help them increase their Career Lattice Step while they support the early childhood field through quality training. Recipients receive a stipend per college course, $240 per associate level credit and $440 per bachelor’s level credit, and a $50 bonus for each course completed. After the scholarship end date, recipients commit to instructing at least three Achieve-approved trainings within one year.


Early Childhood or School-Age Care Provider Scholarship

  • Be employed as a family child care provider, child care center teacher, child care center director/assistant director, or school-age care employee at a licensed or regulated program in Minnesota
  • Be working at least 20 hours per week
  • Have been employed at your current program or licensed for at least six months
  • Be committed to continue working at your current place of employment for one year beyond your contract year
  • Be accepted into a Child Development or Early Childhood Education degree program or be pursuing college credits for a national Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) at an approved, accredited college or university in Minnesota
  • Have a Develop Individual Membership
  • Not currently receiving a R.E.E.T.A.I.N. grant from Child Care Aware of Minnesota


Early Childhood Trainer Scholarship

  • Be an Achieve Approved Trainer
  • Be accepted into a Child Development or Early Childhood Education degree program at an approved, accredited college or university in Minnesota
  • Be committed to instructing at least three Achieve-approved trainings in the year following your scholarship
  • Not currently receiving a R.E.E.T.A.I.N. grant from Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Before you apply

  1. Work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a licensed or regulated early childhood program in Minnesota
  2. Have worked for an early childhood program for at least 6 months
  3. Apply and be accepted to an approved, accredited Minnesota college or university
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  5. Complete the appropriate participation agreement


Applying for a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

  1. Complete an online T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship ApplicationApply online at any time, but applications must be in by the following deadlines to have a specific semester covered by the scholarship:

    Fall Semester Deadline: December 1
    Spring Semester Deadline: May 1
    Summer Semester Deadline: August 1

  2. Email, mail, or fax the following paperwork to complete the application:
    1. Signed participation agreement
    2. Recent paystub or Schedule C (Form 1040)
    3. Child care program’s license
    4. FAFSA confirmation or financial aid award letter from the college
    5. College acceptance letter or email
    6. Develop Learning Record

Once all application materials have been received, T.E.A.C.H. counselors connect with applicants within 1-2 weeks to award or deny a scholarship.


A quality program counts on quality teachers. One of the most significant indicators of quality child care is the educational level of child care providers. The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program helps you assist your staff in achieving their professional development goals with credit-based education and helps to reduce staff turnover in your program.

When you sponsor a T.E.A.C.H. recipient, you commit to paying just 5% of employee’s tuition and book fees, providing three hours of paid release time per week to the employee, and paying a raise or bonus to the employee at the completion of the contract. Use our T.E.A.C.H. Cost Calculator to estimate your sponsorship expenses.

For more information about sponsoring a T.E.A.C.H. recipient, contact a T.E.A.C.H. Counselor.


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