How do I Sponsor an Employee?

  • First, talk to your employee about their educational goals
  • If your employee is interested in a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, find out what your commitment will be as their sponsor.
  • Contact the T.E.A.C.H. offices to find out more or if you have any questions.

What Is My Commitment?

  • As a sponsor, you must agree to contribute a portion of the cost of tuition
  • Provide the scholarship recipient with up to 3 hours of paid release time each week, (reimbursed by T.E.A.C.H.), while classes are in session
  • Award the scholarship recipient with a raise upon completion of contract conditions

What are the Employee’s Commitments?

  • Attend classes and successfully complete courses
  • Pay a small portion of the tuition cost and books
  • Agree to remain working for the sponsoring childcare program for at least 1 year after the completion of the contract.

Supporting Your Staff

Tell them about a unique scholarship program for early childhood educators

  • A workforce development opportunity that benefits both child care programs and its staff and shows each’s commitment to improving the quality of early care and education for young children and their families.
  • A nationally recognized and research-based financial- assistance program that provides substantial funding for tuition, books, and other associated expenses in the form of a scholarship to qualified early childhood educators who are seeking to obtain degrees and higher education opportunities in the field of early childhood education.
  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood RI currently supports programs of study at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC) and the University of Rhode Island (URI).

What are the Benefits to Participating?

  • Allows you to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of your staff around early childhood education 
  • Enhances your program’s quality and improvement efforts to advance within the BrightStars rating process 
  • Can reduce classroom staff turnover… Across the U.S., the average annual retention rate of T.E.A.C.H. scholars is at least 94% 
  • Increases your staff’s professional status and job satisfaction