2021 T.E.A.C.H. Recognition Event
94 T.E.A.C.H. Recipients Earn Credentials and Degrees
Despite the challenges of COVID, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship recipients continued to pursue their higher education goals, employers continue to support their teachers, and higher education pivoted and created more online solutions so students could continue their studies.
On June 9, 2021, the Pennsylvania Child Care Association hosted the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program Recognition event -- recognizing 94 T.E.A.C.H. recipients who had earned credentials and degrees between Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021.
The event was co-sponsored by the Start Strong PA Campaign. Start Strong PA is an initiative of Early Learning PA. Through a statewide collaboration of partners, Start Strong PA aims to support healthy child development, working families, and the economy by increasing access to and affordability of high-quality child care programs for young children. Learn more at www.startstrongpa.org.
Download the program HERE: https://www.flipsnack.com/PACCA/2021_teach_recog_final-final/full-view.html
View the event recording here: https://vimeo.com/561536168
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.