T.E.A.C.H. Early

Childhood® Nevada

An Investment in Early Childhood Professionals

    • When is the deadline to apply?

Please submit your application, and all supporting documentation, 30 days prior to the start of the upcoming semester.

    • What if I’m not sure about center participation?

Please contact us and a Project Counselor will come to your center and provide an orientation to the director, owner, or interested staff.  We are happy to come and explain the many benefits of being a participating Early Learning Program.

    • What is Release Time?

Release Time is paid time off work.  Scholarship recipients on a full-time teacher contract must claim a minimum of 16 hours of Release Time each active semester.  Hours are logged on the Form C and then submitted to T.E.A.C.H. Nevada at the finish of each semester in order for the center to receive reimbursement for 80% of time claimed at $13.50 per hour.

    • How is tuition taken care of?

Once you have submitted your class registration to T.E.A.C.H. Nevada for the upcoming semester, our program will cover all tuition & fees up front.  T.E.A.C.H. Nevada will have your school balance cleared by the date that fees are due, provided all paperwork deadlines were adhered to.

    • How are textbooks purchased?

You will purchase your textbooks and then submit photocopies of itemized receipts to the appropriate T.E.A.C.H. Nevada office.  80% of that expense will be reimbursed to you about halfway through the semester.  This reimbursement check will also include your $50 travel stipend, as well as deduct your 10% of tuition responsibility.

    • Where do I purchase my textbooks?

Your textbooks can be purchased from any source you would prefer, as long as you’re able to provide an itemized textbook receipt to T.E.A.C.H. Nevada for 80% reimbursement.  Just keep in mind that T.E.A.C.H. Nevada cannot reimburse for shipping & handling expenses.

    • Which colleges does T.E.A.C.H. Nevada work with?

T.E.A.C.H. Nevada works with Nevada’s higher education institutions – the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno.  Please visit our college information page for more details and college contact information.

    • What is the Knowledge Universe® (KU) and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® (T.E.A.C.H.) Scholarship Partnership?

Knowledge Universe® and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® have partnered to bring new scholarship opportunities to teachers and assistant teachers working in Knowledge Universe® sites across the country. This partnership has produced a special T.E.A.C.H. scholarship for KU staff working in states that have T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Projects.

    • Who is eligible to participate in this special T.E.A.C.H./KU Scholarship?

Any teacher or assistant teacher who would like to take coursework at their local community college that leads to an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is eligible to apply. If you would like to go to college and participate in this program, talk with your Knowledge Universe® center director to see if you have met your center’s requirements.

    • Which states across the country are participating in the Knowledge Universe® and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Partnership?

The following states are currently participating in the Partnership: Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio. States with T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Projects can be found at the Child Care Services Website.

    • How will this Knowledge Universe® and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship work in different states?

There will be a gradual roll-out of states participating in the KU® and T.E.A.C.H. partnership. Your site director will be notified when T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available through this partnership in your state. Be sure to ask your director for a special KU/T.E.A.C.H. application or call the T.E.A.C.H. office in your state and request a special KU application.

    • Who funds this T.E.A.C.H./KU Scholarship?

This is a true funding partnership between the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project in a participating state, Knowledge Universe®, and the scholarship recipient. The largest share of funding comes from public and private dollars raised by the nonprofit agency that administers the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project in each state. Knowledge Universe® provides a matching share of funds to support your professional development. Recipients are also asked to pay for 10% of tuition and book costs, to show their commitment to their own continuing education.

    • How do I apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Nevada/KU Scholarship?

Simply fill out an application and submit it to the T.E.A.C.H. Nevada office with all required documents. Applications can be found on the Recipient Forms page.


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  • *This list is of eligible centers, it does not mean these sites will guarantee employment and or a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship.

[Our Goals]

      • Increase the compensation of early childcare professionals
      • Provide educational scholarships for professionals working in licensed child care center or home care to complete Early Childhood Education degrees or certificates
      • Reduce staff turnover rates for participating early learning programs
      • Increase the knowledge of early childhood professionals working with young children
      • Assist early childhood educators in receiving the recognition they deserve

[Our History]

      • Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) was developed by the Child Care Services Association in 1990.  The first T.E.A.C.H. Program was launched in North Carolina and has since spread to more than twenty states.  Nevada awarded our first program scholarship in 2005.

[Our Mission]

      • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nevada is a comprehensive scholarship program which addresses specific issues within our workforce, including under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood field.  This scholarship program delivers a unique resolution to these issues by providing an opportunity for assistance with higher education, access to increased compensation for early childhood professionals, and incorporating the element of commitment in an effort to reduce the turnover rate in Nevada’s early learning programs.

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Nevada requires a partnership between the participating early learning facility, the teacher/scholarship recipient, and the T.E.A.C.H. Nevada program and staff.

This partnership between T.E.A.C.H. Nevada, teachers, and early learning programs creates a cohesive effort toward improving the quality of the early childhood workforce in the state of Nevada.

The four components of our program – scholarship, education, compensation, and commitment – are addressed by T.E.A.C.H. Nevada, the scholarship recipient, and participating center through program requirements.

Successful results in our partnership approach are reflected in our annual data on wages, teacher retention, and increased levels of professional development.