The Early Educator Apprenticeship is designed for working adults, and includes paid on-the-job training, coaching, community-based college coursework, professional learning communities, wage increases as professional targets are met, and individualized guidance to help participants advance on the CA Child Development Permit Matrix.

The Apprenticeship has benefited from Workforce Accelerator Fund grants received from the California Workforce Development Board, and a California Apprenticeship Initiative grant received from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Our partners – the Mexican American Opportunities Foundation (MAOF), the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), and Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC) – have also made invaluable contributions to the success of the Apprenticeship.

Currently, more than 30 center-based child care workers are enrolled in the Early Educator Apprenticeship. The apprentices are predominantly women of color, ranging in age from mid 20’s to mid 60’s, mostly Mexican-American and recent immigrants, and working mothers. The first cohort of home-based (FCC) apprentices will launch in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys in November 2016. And plans are underway to create a pre-apprenticeship that would support kinship care providers (i.e., license exempt) to become licensed and enter the Apprenticeship.

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