T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEVADA:

Teacher Education And Compensation Helps ( T.E.A.C.H.)


The program is designed to address a lack of early childhood education, poor compensation, high turnover, and the need for increased professional recognition for child care providers in Nevada. T.E.A.C.H. provides scholarships to any Family Child Care Provider, Center Teacher, or Center Director working in a licensed facility.

This scholarship is a partnership, sharing the responsibility of Education, Compensation, and Commitment of increased professional development for Nevada's child care workforce. The scholarship provides 80% of tuition, 80% of Books, $50 per semester for travel, and $250-400 bonus in conjunction with a 2% wage increase. Recipients of the scholarship commit to working with the sponsoring center for an additional year, following completion of the scholarship. Scholarship covers three semesters and is renewable each year.

In the summer of 2005, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood NEVADA began its pilot run of the scholarship program. Nevada's program began by offering associate level scholarships for those working towards a Teacher's Certificate, Director's Certificate or Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Currently, scholarships are available through all Nevada community colleges, colleges, and universities.

  • Child Development Specialist Certificate (Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program)
  • Early Childhood AA
  • Early Childhood AAS Director Emphasis
  • Early Childhood AAS Preschool Emphasis
  • Early Childhood AAS Infant Toddler Emphasis
  • Early Childhood Education BS

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEVADA is funded by the Office of Early Care & Education. The project is administered by the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC). If you are interested in learning more about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEVADA or in applying for the scholarship, please contact the T.E.A.C.H. NV office or visit the NevAEYC website at http://www.nevaeyc.org.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEVADA
Whitney Leathers

Contact Information:

Southern Nevada 

Contact Name Telephone Number Email
Patti Oya (702) 901-4506 poya@dwss.nv.gov
Ron Barakat (702) 901-4534 rbarakat@doe.nv.gov


Northern Nevada 

Contact Name Telephone Number Email
Cindy Johnson (775) 327-0683 cdjohnson@dwss.nv.gov