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T.E.A.C.H. Receives Early Learning Council Funding

Thanks to funding provided by the Texas Early Learning Council, scholarships are being accepted statewide for Associate Degree and CDA Assessment Scholarships! Scholarships available starting in the Summer and Fall 2012. Anyone who meets T.E.A.C.H. Eligibility Requirements are invited to apply. Send your application NOW to be considered.

Scholarships are still available to attend Blinn College‚ Temple College‚ McLennan College and Central Texas College through Texas AEYC funding.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS is only limited by the amount of funding we have, and we are actively pursuing grants and other forms of funding to support everyone in Texas wishing to further educational opportunities.

TAEYC Press Release

For more information, contact:
Aaron Carrara / Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
832-643-7304 and AaronCarrara@TexasAEYC.org 

Early Childhood Practitioners in Texas Will Have Greater Access to Higher Education
June 12, 2012 - The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) is pleased to announce it has received $100,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars from the Texas Early Learning Council to fund higher education opportunities for early childhood practitioners through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Initiative. The Early Learning Council is a 19 member Council established by Governor Rick Perry in 2009 charged with the task of improving school readiness in Texas. Associate's Degree and Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas will be available on a statewide basis beginning in the summer, 2012. Scholarships are available to all early childhood practitioners meeting eligibility requirements.

"We are extremely grateful to the Texas Early Learning Council for awarding Texas AEYC funding for T.E.A.C.H and for recognizing the unique value the initiative plays in a high quality early childhood system. Through this funding the early childhood workforce in Texas will receive more specialized formal education," said Aaron Carrara, Texas AEYC Past President and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Advisory Committee Chair. "T.E.A.C.H. is a unique model because it provides an avenue for practitioners to receive an early childhood degree while building quality in early childhood programs through partnerships, collaboration and use of existing systems."

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® is an evidence-based model created by Child Care Services Association (North Carolina) in 1990 and has emerged as an effective national strategy to help address the need for a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce. Texas AEYC was awarded the T.E.A.C.H. Texas license in October, 2010 and began offering scholarships to several community colleges in the Central Texas area through funding raised by the Texas AEYC Board of Directors and its local affiliate chapters. Since then T.E.A.C.H. has expanded its reach into other areas of the state and secured funding from foundations, private donors and Workforce Development Boards. The initiative employs several staff members who serve as liaisons with the community colleges while remaining dedicated to assisting T.E.A.C.H. scholars throughout the scholarship period.

Interested individuals are encouraged to learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Initiative by visiting the Texas AEYC website. Application forms and information on eligibility and scholarship requirements can be found there. Scholarships offered through Early Learning Council funding are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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I am definitely better equipped today as an educator.  My arsenal is loaded with teaching techniques that enable me to produce well-rounded students.  Why?  Because I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime by the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program.  This scholarship has given me a brand new outlook on life and my career.  I feel more confident than ever.  I enjoy what I do and therefore pass my excitement on to my students.  Because I am excited about teaching, my students are excited about learning.  

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