T.E.A.C.H. Talk E-newsletter
An E-Newsletter for {FIRST_NAME}  |  January 2014
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A New Year Resolution

Happy 2014!  Here’s a New Year’s resolution that you can keep:  Identify something you love to do, and keep doing it in 2014.  Balancing work, school and family obligations is hard and requires you to manage time well.  Feeding your spirit is important to your success.

For your calendar:
January 28 – A FREE webinar entitled “Achieving Your Professional Development Goals” this Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., in the comfort of your own home.  If you, or someone you know, is wondering about next steps towards professional development, this workshop is for you!  Registry hours will be awarded.
February 18 and February 25 – Tom Copeland’s Business Webinars for Family Child Care Providers.  Two webinars: “The Basics of Record Keeping” and “How to Avoid Mistakes When Filling Out Your 2013 Tax Forms” are being presented. You can register for one or both. 
February 27 – Lobby for Kids Day.  This annual event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Council for Children and Families, is designed to help you become an advocate for children, find out about public policy that impacts your work, and have an experience meeting your legislators.  Interested? 
March 8 – Join the Celebration!  If you have recently graduated with an ECE degree or earned a Registry-approved credential, you don’t want to miss this party in your honor.


Important Reminders from Your Counselor

When you receive an email from us that says “T.E.A.C.H. Student: Input Needed”, please take the opportunity to help us continue to improve our services to you and other scholarship recipients. Our evaluation survey includes feedback for your college experience as well.  Your survey responses also support our efforts to secure continued funding for scholarships.  Take the time—let us know what you think!

One thing our survey has revealed is that sometimes centers and scholarship recipients do not believe that their bills come in a timely way.  Here’s why:  each college has a unique billing process.  A college may bill us anytime over the course of a semester (and even sometimes after the semester is over), and this is not something we control.  T.E.A.C.H. bills centers and scholarship recipients when we get the bill from the college.  Also, we are working to clarify reimbursement policies related to when reimbursements offset money owed to T.E.A.C.H.

Per your contract, grades must be submitted at the close of each semester.

If you are on an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree scholarship, you are required to complete a federal financial aid application by 4/15/2014.  Talk to your counselor if you have questions.

REWARD Program Update

REWARD – a “sister” program to T.E.A.C.H. aimed at improving compensation and retention in the child care workforce – is changing the way stipends are awarded.  Funding for the program has remained level while participation increased 15% in the last year. The increase in participation is a direct result of many more individuals reaching higher levels of education. In an effort to maintain the program through the REWARD funding cycle (October 2013 through September 2015), the number of new agreements awarded each month will be limited. This will result in changing timelines for participating individuals and will mean that for the first time, applicants and renewing participants will experience a longer waiting time for stipends to be processed. While the way in which stipends are being awarded is changing, individuals are still highly encouraged to apply.  Stipends will be awarded every month through September 2015. Reserve your place in line!

Please visit the WECA website for information on the REWARD program eligibilities and to find out more on how these new changes may impact you.

Profile of a T.E.A.C.H. Scholar

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The new 12-credit Program Development Credential offered for the very first time this fall is a hit with T.E.A.C.H. scholar Akisha McKinney!  Take, for example, the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards… she took the class previously, but NOW through this credential she says, “They (the standards) are coming alive for me! I get it! Read more...

What will you do with your free WECA membership?

Learn about WECA Membership.Every T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship recipient (that's you!) receives a free 1-year WECA Membership at the
end of their first contract.
Learn more.


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