CREATE grew out of a partnership that began in 2011 between Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and Georgia State University's College of Education and Human Development that explored the impacts of a teacher residency in a single school. In 2015, The New Teacher Residency Project at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School was awarded a 3 million dollar Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the US Education Department, thereby launching an expansion of this work into several new schools and into the realm of more comprehensive programming for experienced educators. This expansion was the beginning of the CREATE Teacher Residency Program.
CREATE received crucial additional support from several charitable foundations including but not limited to: The R.H. Dobbs Jr. Foundation, The Ziest Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Belk Foundation, The Fuqua Foundation
In the Fall of 2017 CREATE was awarded an $8 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant by the U.S. Education Department to support and expand programming from 2018 to 2022.