T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®

T.E.A.C.H. RI makes college affordable

Earning relatively low wages and working long hours, many early childhood educators have viewed college as out of reach. Thanks to T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, higher education is now more affordable and accessible for our early-care providers.

RI’s Race to the Top funding for T.E.A.C.H. expires December 2016. Effective June 2016, funding for new scholarship candidates is under review. For more information, call Maura Pearce at 401.443.2935.

T.E.A.C.H. awards scholarships to center-based educators, administrators, and home child-care providers across the state who are pursuing coursework in early childhood education or seeking degrees degrees at the Community College of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College. It then connects this increased education with increased compensation, which leads to better teacher retention.

Thanks to funding from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, T.E.A.C.H. RI now pays 80 to 90 percent of tuition and 90 percent of book costs for staff working in classrooms or home-care settings.

  • Students can earn degrees or take courses for professional development.
  • Scholarships are not based on financial need or family income.
  • CCRI students can enroll at any one of four campuses, or mix them.
  • Tuition is paid in advance by T.E.A.C.H. Out-of-pocket expenses are minimal.
  • Scholars receive personalized academic advising and mentoring.
  • The minimum expectation is nine credits of coursework in a year.


Depending on the scholarship model, scholars also receive bonus pay, a travel stipend, and paid release time.

Applying scholars bring a wide variety of academic backgrounds. An array of developmental, traditional and on-line courses is available.

Check the links at left (above) to find the eligibility requirements for the different models, the financial assistance you will receive, the costs you and your sponsoring center or business can expect to pay, and applications.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Rhode Island is a project of Ready to Learn Providence and a licensed program of Child Care Services Association in North Carolina. It is currently funded through Exceed, Rhode Island’s cross-departmental initiative to implement the work of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

TEACH_RhodeIsland_BlueFor more information contact Maura Pearce or Samantha McCormack by phone (401.490.9960) or by email at mpearce@provplan.org or smccormack@provplan.org.

Shown at top are some of the T.E.A.C.H. scholars who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Rhode Island College. Standing with them (back row, l-r) are RIC instructor Pat Maris and T.E.A.C.H. Director Maura Pearce.

teach coverT.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood published its annual national program report in December 2015. The book, including the cover, features many Rhode Island scholars and sponsoring centers. Click here to see the full report.