The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance supports the emergence of early childhood leaders who can speak on the behalf of low-resourced early educators, inform policy to improve access to higher education and lead others who can learn and grow with support from T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®.
To date, more than 120,000 early care and education teachers have received scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®. Many of those served have stated that T.E.A.C.H. has made a positive impact on their lives, and they wanted a way to “pay it forward.”
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance is a membership association that brings together the thousands of women and men that have received T.E.A.C.H. services to date or that are supporters of T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood®. The Alliance focuses on giving voice to the views and aspirations to those in the workforce. The Alliance provides opportunities for professional and personal growth and a venue for current and former T.E.A.C.H. recipients to “give back” to other teachers, children and members of their communities through opportunities to mentor others, speak out about T.E.A.C.H. and become advocates for issues affecting early childhood policy.
What are the membership requirements?
The following criteria must be met in order to obtain membership in the association:
- Currently or formerly pursuing a degree through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships
- Payment of annual membership fees
- Supporter memberships are available to individuals who support T.E.A.C.H. recipients and projects across the country.
- How much are membership fees?
- T.E.A.C.H. Recipients currently enrolled in school $10
- T.E.A.C.H. Recipients that have graduated $20
- T.E.A.C.H. Supporters $30
What types of benefits are offered through membership in the Alliance?
The general benefits for joining include newsletters, information found on social media, a website, materials, etc. Benefits may also include discounts on early childhood supplies and equipment or discounts on entertainment, restaurants and more! Benefits also support early childhood teachers, directors and family child care providers in their next steps. There are 4 special areas of benefits—(1) professional and career development, (2) advocacy, (3) personal development, and (4) leadership.
What are some examples of benefits under each category?
Professional and career development
- Information and updates on student loans and loan forgiveness
- Webinars on various topics in practices, policies or careers in early childhood education
- Career Guide
- Information on the I Make A Difference campaign
- Opportunities to inform others about T.E.A.C.H.
- Information and alerts about early childhood legislation and policies
- Webinars on advocacy topics
- Information on financial literacy
- Information on asset development
- Information on health and wellness
- Webinars on various topics
- Opportunities to mentor others
- Opportunities for Alliance leadership at the state and national levels
- Opportunities to speak about T.E.A.C.H. and the power of an educated workforce
- Opportunities to network with individuals that share some similar interests