T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® SOUTH CAROLINA provides scholarships for teachers, directors, owners, and family/group providers working in childcare to complete coursework in early childhood education. Scholarships for credentials, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees are offered to qualifying recipients.

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program, now in its third decade, is flourishing throughout the United States as more and more states recognize the benefits of a well-educated, well-compensated early childhood workforce.

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) offers an effective strategy for addressing the education, compensation and retention of the early childhood workforce across the country. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program is also building the capacity of educational institutions. As a purchaser of college education credits for thousands of early childhood professionals across the county, T.E.A.C.H. has played a significant role in increasing the demand for early childhood college level coursework.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® South Carolina is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association. To find more information about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program in the US, please contact Child Care Services Association in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Fall Application Now Open


Fall 2024 Application Dates (Both full Fall and late start Fall applications will be accepted during this time)

June 24th - August 9th (any courses that start before September 13th)

Late Start Fall 2024 Application Dates (Only applications for late start will accepted during this time)

August 30th -  September 16th (any courses that start after September 13th)




Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship, the student must:

Work at a South Carolina DSS licensed/registered child care facility
  • at least 15 hours per week for the School-Age Credential Scholarship
  • at least 20 hours per week for the Early Childhood Credential Scholarship
  • at least 30 hours per week for either the Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarship

Teachers need to earn equal to or less than $24 per hour

Directors, Owners or Family/Group Providers need to earn equal to or less than $30 per hour


Looking For More T.E.A.C.H. Resources 

Take a look at the T.E.A.C.H. resource page where you can find more information and setup a one-on-one meeting with a T.E.A.C.H. counselor, just click the button below to get started. 



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Participating College Directories

(All applicates must start at the technical college to complete their Associates Degree before moving on to a four year College / University) 

To view a list of participating colleges Click Here.