Tiffney Miller felt she owed it to the children in her classroom to further her own education. Though she completed her Child Development Associate credential, she knew an associates’ degree was the next step.
Since she was already familiar with the CDA program and KinderCare Educations’s education benefits, it wasn’t long before she found the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) scholarship, which would allow her to complete her AA while still working as a pre-K teacher at Green Valley KinderCare in Henderson, Nev.
“I’ve definitely seen the program having an impact,” said Miller, who is still in the process of completing her degree. “I’ve learned so much about child development, like why kids do what they do at certain ages.”
A lifelong lover of children, Miller says she does it all for them.
“I figured I love working with kids, so I need to be educated in it,” she said. “I do it for them, for all of those ‘a-ha!’ moments when they learn something new.”
The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, offered through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center in partnership with KinderCare Education, aims to nurture the career development of ECE professionals by providing tuition assistance and a stipend for transportation, books, and other school supplies. In most cases, participants pay less than 10 percent of the cost of their degree.
“You can further your education basically for free,” said Miller. “I have two kids and sometimes I struggle to make ends meet, so being able to afford education was a big deal for me.”
And as a working mother of two, Miller appreciated the option to take classes online that fit in to her busy schedule.
“Anytime I’ve had trouble with the program, someone is right there to help,” she said. “I would recommend this program to every teacher who might need help furthering their education.”
To learn more about T.E.A.C.H., ask your District Manager or visit the Benefits website.