In Pennsylvania, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® is administered by Pennsylvania Child Care Association. In FY20, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania helped 1,076 early education professionals increase their education.
The quality of early care and education a child receives is directly linked to the education and compensation of early educators. In Pennsylvania, many early educators do not have higher education degrees and many earn less than $12 an hour. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program awards educational scholarships to early education professionals in an effort to address the key issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover in the early education workforce. All T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships link increased education with higher compensation and retention. Scholarship recipients and their sponsoring early care and education programs share the cost.
SOURCE: Child Care Services Association (CCSA) and the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (the National Center), 2019-2020 TEACH Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® State Profile Compendium.
In FY 18-19 T.E.A.C.H. participants made significant progress toward completing degrees while continuing to work in the field. That progress is highlighted in detail on page 4 of this report, while the information below provides an overview of the year’s activities.
A look at the overall data from FY 18-19 shows that T.E.A.C.H. participants are making gains in education, compensation and retention far beyond what the scholarship program requires.
- Education: participants earn substantially more credits than the minimum required and maintain high GPAs during their participation in the program.
- Compensation: participants receive increases in earnings that exceed the minimum 4% that is required.
- Retention: participants stay with their programs longer than the required commitment period as a result of increased earnings and job satisfaction.