South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development


Release Time FAQs

What is Release Time?

Release Time is an integral and necessary part of the success of the T.E.A.C.H. Bachelor and Associate Degree program.  It is paid time away from work for students to go to class, study or attend to personal errands.

Who is Eligible?

Child Care Center teachers or Family/Group providers participating in the T.E.A.C.H. Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarship

How does it work?

T.E.A.C.H. reimburses centers or family/group providers to hire a substitute or shuffle a floater, director or another teacher within the center to cover the teacher’s absence while they are released from work.

How much release time does a student receive?

The amount of release time that can be claimed every week is equal to the number of credit hours the employee is taking.  Example:  ECD 107 is 3 credits which equates to 3 hours per week of release time that may be claimed.

What is the maximum number of hours that can be claimed?

The maximum number of hours that may be reimbursed to the center is six hours per week.

How much will the center or family/group provider be reimbursed?

T.E.A.C.H. will reimburse the center or family/group provider  75% of the valid release time hours at the rate of $10.00/hour (this is equivalent to $7.50/hour). When students are released they are paid their regular rate of pay.

Does the center need to participate in Release Time?

Centers agree to provide paid release time to the recipients (BA/BS & AA eligible participants).  To be reimbursed, center directors are responsible for completing and returning the Release Time Reimbursement Claim Form C by the due date.


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