South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development


Student FAQs

How can a child care provider apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship?

Child care providers can print an application here.  Additionally, T.E.A.C.H. can mail, email or fax an application.  After completing the application, child care providers can mail or fax the application to T.E.A.C.H.

How long will it take T.E.A.C.H. to review the application?

Upon receiving the application, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Counselors will review the application for completeness.  If any additional information is needed, the Scholarship Counselor will contact the applicant or child care center.  Completed application will be processed within 7-14 days.

Does T.E.A.C.H. require a sponsoring center to approve the application?

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program is a unique partnership between the student, center and T.E.A.C.H.   T.E.A.C.H. requires the support of all three participants for a scholarship to be awarded and maintained.

Are students required to apply for financial aid?

All associate and bachelor degree recipients must apply for federal/state financial aid to be accepted into the program. Students can either apply at the financial aid office of their college/university or at

What is the student’s financial responsibility?

Scholarship recipients are responsible for paying 10%-20% of books and tuition.  If financial aid pays for all of the student’s tuition and books, then the student will not need to pay the 10%-20%.  Students only pay if T.E.A.C.H. is invoiced from the college/university.

Recipient Pays
Center Owner 80% 20%
Family/Group Provider 80% 20%
Center Teacher/Director 80% 10% 10%

How is the student’s tuition and books paid?

Tuition and books can be charged to a student’s T.E.A.C.H. account. After a student sends T.E.A.C.H. the required paperwork, we will notify the college/university that they can bill us for tuition.  Students can then charge the required books (not optional books or supplies) needed for their class(es) to T.E.A.C.H. without having to pay out of pocket.

What is Release Time?

Associate and bachelor degree participants, who are teachers or family/group providers, are eligible to participate in release time.  Release Time is paid time away from work for students to go to class, study or attend to personal errands. 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.

What is a student committing to academically?

The student needs to enroll, complete and successfully pass his/her course(s).

Will a student receive any compensation when he/she participates in T.E.A.C.H.?

Participants, who are working in childcare, that complete either Early Childhood or School-Age Credential Scholarship will receive a $200 or $100 bonus, respectively from the Center for Child Care Career Development.  For more information about Credential bonuses go to the South Carolina Credentialing System.  Participants completing the 9-15 semester hours toward the Early Childhood Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree will receive a salary increase through a raise or bonus from their center as well as a $300 bonus from T.E.A.C.H.

How does a student know which option (bonus or salary raise) his/her center has chosen?

When an employee applies for a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarship, the center will choose, on the application, an option agreeing to pay either a salary raise or bonus after the completion of every contract.

Does a student receive a bonus every time he/she completes a contract or after he/she has completed 9 credits?

An Associate or Bachelor Degree recipient is eligible to receive a bonus after the contract has been completed and (s)he has completed 9 credits with a grade of “C” or higher.

What happens if a student doesn’t complete 9 credit hours during a contract?

If an Associate or Bachelor Degree student did not successfully pass nine credits during a contract year, he/she is not eligible for a bonus.  If the contract is renewed, the recipient will have another opportunity during the next year to complete nine credits.

How long does a student commit to stay employed?

T.E.A.C.H. encourages all recipients to continue to be employed at their center.  Students need to remain employed at their sponsoring center during the length of their contract.  Credential recipients need to continue employment in the field of child care for an additional year past the end of the contract date while associate/bachelor degree recipients need to continue employment at your sponsoring center for a year past the end of your contract date.


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