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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA

Teacher Education and Compensation Helps, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA, is a unique scholarship program that links training, compensation, and commitment to improve the quality of early care and educational experiences for young children and their families.

Any teacher, director or family child care home professional meeting the following criteria may apply:

  • Lives and works in Indiana
  • Is employed at least 30 hours per week in a licensed, registered or legally exempt early childhood center, family child care home, or registered ministry within Indiana (for Full Time Scholarship)
  • Is employed at least 20 hours but no more than 29 hours per week in a licensed, registered or legally exempt early childhood center, family child care home, or registered ministry within Indiana (for Part Time Scholarship)
  • Earns less than $15.00 per hour as a teacher or less than $18.00 per hour as a director/ administrator/owner
  • Is a high school graduate or has obtained a GED
  • Has the support of his/her employer

Career or Technical/Vocational High School students meeting the following criteria may apply for the CDA Assessment Scholarship:

  • Currently taking dual credit towards an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Seeking to obtain a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Agrees to work for at least six months in a licensed, registered or legally exempt Early Childhood program upon graduation; OR
  • Agrees to enroll in a 2 or 4 year Early Childhood degree upon graduation


  • Child Development Associate (CDA) training at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment and/or renewal
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Certificates/Credentials—Early Childhood Administrator Certificate, AIM4Excellence™
    Director’s Credential, Infant & Toddler Certificate

SCHOLARSHIPS COVER (excluding CDA Assessment Scholarship for Career or Technical/Vocational High School Seniors)…

  • The majority of tuition and book fees
  • Travel stipends
  • A bonus for successfully completing a contract
  • Employer reimbursement covering the scholarship recipient’s release time needed for study or attending class (for some scholarship models)

*CDA Assessment Scholarship for Career or Technical/Vocational High School Seniors covers 90% of assessment fees.


Children are the main beneficiaries. They are able to bond with an early care and education professional who has made a commitment to the profession, who is a specialist in early childhood education, who understands child development and who is sensitive to the needs of young children.

Participants benefit by attainment of credentials and degrees which increase their knowledge and lead to higher compensation.

Early care and education programs benefit by retaining early childhood professionals trained in child development, reducing turnover and enhancing the program’s quality.

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Gatchel </span>pictureI want to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the T.E.A.C.H scholarship possible.  I recently graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s of-the-Woods College with a Bachelors Degree. My degree will help me in meeting the needs of the children that are enrolled in my all day preschool. It also shows parents that by enrolling their child in my facility that their child’s educational needs are being met by a qualified teacher.  My accomplishment of graduating from college is also a testimony to others that it is never too late to go after your dreams. The financial assistance you provided allowed me to concentrate more of my time on my studies.  As a result, I received the Future Outstanding Educator award from the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  I was also a recipient of the Kappa Gamma Pi St. Catherine Medal. Thank you T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® INDIANA for your generosity and support!
8% Increase annually for the last four years.
Through the Indiana Accreditation Project, Indiana AEYC provides financial and technical support to over 900 early care and education and school age facilities across the state.

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