Apprenticeship Program Description

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This is a training program for individuals working with children birth to five years old, which combines classroom instruction with on-the-job-training and support. This builds a talent pipeline into early childhood related fields. The program consists of three (3) ways to be eligible for the registered apprenticeship.

Level 1 A:    Career & Technical Education Program – Enter through Education for Employment’s Teacher Academy course upon successful completion.

Level 1 B:    Pre-Apprenticeship – Enter through Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Level 2 C:    Direct Entry into Apprenticeship – 18+ years old with a high school diploma or GED, currently working in a childcare center or family group home.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship (ECE) participants will have gained knowledge & skills in the following content area:

  • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment

  • Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

  • Supporting children’s social and emotional development

  • Building productive relationships with families

  • Managing an effective program

  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

  • Observing and recording children’s behavior

  • Understanding principles of child development and learning

This is the first nationally registered early childhood apprenticeship program in the state of Michigan that works with multiple partners.

Program Requirements

Step 1: Complete ECE Registered Apprenticeship Application

Include in your application:

(1)   Driver’s License or Birth Certificate

(2)   High School Diploma or GED

(3)   Copy of cleared ICHAT and Central Registry

Return application and attachments to Child Care Resources. (Via: In-person, mail, email, fax)

 Step 2: Verification of eligibility

(1) Review of application and attachments

(2) Identify credential: Infant/toddler, Preschool, Family child care

Step 3: Orientation

Review of:

(1)   Employment Guidelines

(2)   ECE Registered Apprenticeship Standards

(3)   CDA Hybrid Course

(4)   Provide Verification of Education and Related Experience Hours (if applicable)

(5) Sign necessary apprenticeship forms

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate

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  • $450 (includes Material fee and Textbooks)

  • Complete 144 hours of educational training

  • Complete 480 hours of experience working with children (Birth-5 years old)

  • Develop a professional portfolio

  • Apply to CDA Council

  • Apply for T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

  • Schedule observation with Professional Development Specialist

  • $425 CDA Exam

Program Schedule

CDA Hybrid Course

  • Classes meet monthly

  • 6 – 8 pm

  • Location TBD

Early Childhood Apprenticeship Certificate

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Complete 1300 hours to include Work Experience, Reflective Supervision, and Professional Development

150 Hours- Planning a safe and healthy learning environment

220 Hours- Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

250 Hours- Supporting children’s social and emotional development

100 Hours- Building productive relationships with families

80 Hours- Managing an effective program

105 Hours- Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

220 Hours- Observing and recording children’s behavior

175 Hours- Understanding principles of child development and learning

Apply Today!

 Question or concerns, please contact:

Southwest Child Care Resource

5250 Lovers Ln Suite LL 120

Kalamazoo, MI 49002

269-349-3296 (office)

269-349-6822 (fax)

apprenticeship@ccr4kids.org

 

Program Instructor

Amy Lason

alason@ccr4kids.org

269-349-3296 ext. 235

Whitney Tillman

wtillman@ccr4kids.org

269-349-3296 ext. 237

Executive Director

April Goodwin

agoodwin@ccr4kids.org

269-349-3296 ext. 238

Program Partners

Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Head Start
Great Start Readiness Program
Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Education for Employment

KC Ready 4’s
YWCA
New Genesis

Michigan Work’s Southwest