T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Arkansas Program

Applications for Child Care Centers



  1. Complete the application and application supplement.
  2. Attach a copy of recent income documentation:
  • Recent (within last 30 days) paycheck stub  OR
  • Recent (within last 30 days) statement (within last 30 days) from the director/owner stating the applicant’s hourly wage and the number of hours worked per week.  Statement must be on center letterhead and dated/signed by the director or owner.
  1. Mail application forms and income documentation to the state T.E.A.C.H. office.
  2. You will be notified if any further information is needed.
  3. Once approved for the scholarship, you will be sent an acceptance letter and contract for signature, as well as instructions for pre-authorization and book reimbursement.


    1. Read through the Release Time Q & A information to make sure you understand your obligation to provide paid release time to the scholarship recipient.
    2. Complete the Agency profile form.
    3. Return by mail or e-mail to the state T.E.A.C.H. office.
    4. If your employee is approved for the scholarship, you will be sent an acceptance letter and instructions for reimbursement of release time.
    Jeff Dyer

    Jeff Dyer

    AECA Executive Director and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Director

    Married for almost 30 years to Robin. She is a Physical Therapist. We have 2 kids, both at the University of Arkansas. Drew(son) is a senior and Abby just finished her Freshman year. We have a rescue dog, Wrigley and 2 cats, PJ and Junior.

    I just concluded my 30th year in education with the last 8 years at the Arkansas Department of Education, where I coordinated the Teacher Recruitment and Retention programs. During my education career I was also an elementary teacher and principal. I have been involved with Special Olympics for almost 40 years and I have been involved with many other service organizations over the years.

    I am very excited to be able to join such an amazing group as we work together to strengthen early childhood education around Arkansas. I am truly humbled with the confidence shown in me by the Board of Directors and can’t wait to get started. 

    You can contact me at jeff@arkansasearlychildhood.org

    Paul Lazenby

    Paul Lazenby

    Association Manager & T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® Counselor

    Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas and studied Early Childhood Education at Arkansas State University. From 2003-2009, he served in various positions at the DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, including Arkansas Better Chance administrator and Assistant Division Director. During this time, the Division oversaw the expansion of the Arkansas Better Chance Pre-K program and the creation of the Better Beginnings Accreditation system. In 2009, he joined Arkansas State University Childhood Services as a project manager and trainer for directors and administrators of early childhood programs. Over the next seven years, Paul worked with programs applying for Better Beginnings to help them strengthen their administrative systems. Since 2016, he has served as Executive Director and Operations Manager with Western Arkansas Child Development, Inc. which operates five early education facilities in western and Northwest Arkansas. Paul has also served as Treasurer of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association.

    “Having the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program in Arkansas is the most important milestone in our education history since the creation of the state-funded pre-K program. Educating and training Arkansas’ early childhood workforce is paramount to bring about the sustainable positive change we want to see in children’s lives. And it will bear out what we already know—quality early childhood programs bridge the achievement gap and generate value-added benefits to our state’s economy. I am both humbled and proud to be a part of this momentous next step in early education for Arkansas.”

    You can contact me at Paul@arkansasearlychildhood.org

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