- Offer release time during rest time so scholarship recipients can study or use the center’s computer for papers and class projects.
- Schedule release time at a time when teacher: child ratios go down. Scholarship recipients can leave work early with pay and, if necessary, other qualified staff can substitute.
- Allow scholarship recipients to come in late or leave early while receiving usual pay.
- Pay scholarship recipients for their lunch breaks. But remember, recipients cannot work over 40 hours without overtime pay.
- Hire a substitute to specifically cover T.E.A.C.H. recipients’ leave time. This usually works best for centers that sponsor several employees.
- Bank leave time and give scholarship recipients a whole day off before a major test, or give them half days off so it is easier to bring in a substitute.
- Use release time reimbursements to help with other T.E.A.C.H. related costs. Center reimbursements for release time are paid based on the time given as documented by signed statements from the teacher and center director. If release time can be given without additional costs, then centers can actually bank resources that can be used to help pay for their costs for tuition or a compensation raise or bonus, or to help with other T.E.A.C.H. related costs. Many centers find ways to offer release time when enrollment is lower and substitutes are not needed.
Remember: Sponsors have complete flexibility for how release time is managed within their early childhood setting. But under no circumstances should providing release time be done at the detriment of maintaining appropriate teacher: child ratios. Don’t forget. You can always contact your T.E.A.C.H. counselor to discuss release time strategies.