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Early Educator Apprenticeship Program

The Early Educator Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) provides quality jobs with upward mobility, income security – including benefits and retirement. Apprentices in the program will receive a support-based career track with education, coaching, mentoring and on-the-job training from entry-level to site supervisor/program director, all within the communities in which they live.

Success by the numbers

300+ Participants
100% Graduates hired in ECE settings
400+ Teaching Permits Issued
When I was in grade school, I struggled to navigate my school work and advocate for myself because I have ADHD. When I joined the YMCA Apprenticeship, I was given the support and encouragement I needed to continue my college journey. I never thought I would be a teacher, but the experience I have gained while doing my placement hours has made me see that I can make a difference.
Anthony R. joined the entry level in the Early Educator Apprentice Program in Fall 2021 after graduating from High School. By participating in the program, he is pursuing his passion for education and working with children. Learn more about their success in the program

Start your journey here

The first step to a career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is to complete community college coursework in ECE, participate in on-the-job training and earn a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit.

Are you looking for a career focused on equity, education, and community advancement? Join our Early Educator Apprentice Program!

Voices From The Field: Apprentices Share Their Stories

Apprentices sharing their stories and experience in the Early Educator Apprentice Program during ECEPTS conference in 2022.

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