To expand and enhance the YMCA early childhood workforce by creating a career pathway for entry level and current employees that includes degrees, teaching permits, and wage increases through an early educator apprenticeship.
Early educator apprenticeships lead to fulfilling careers working with young children and their families. Currently, we serve:
The YMCA of the East Bay Early Childhood Impact programs serve 1,500 low-income children and families in four counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Yolo and Sacramento) using a variety of state and federal funds. We provide high quality, comprehensive early learning services to pregnant women and children birth to age 5 and their families.
WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIP TO:
Provide community college early childhood classes virtually or at one of our early learning centers.
Embed tutors and success coordinators in classes and available to support participants.
Secure funding for the program so participants pay no fees.
Build relationships with other service providers throughout the community to support apprentices to be successful in school and work.
Melanie Mueller began her 27 year career working with young children and their families, with a deep passion for education, inspired by her own Kindergarten Teacher. Her dream of becoming a Teacher was first realized as a young student volunteer in a preschool classroom, and it grew into a multi-faceted experience over decades, including classroom teacher work, as well as roles in family services, and early childhood program administration. Melanie earned an MA in Early Childhood Education, which opened up the opportunity to teach as an adjunct faculty at the university level. Melanie has been an administrator for Head Start, Early Head Start and State… Read More
Pamm Shaw is the Director of Strategic Funding and Partnerships for the YMCA of the East Bay. Formerly, the VP/Executive Director of the YMCA Early Childhood Impact Branch, Pamm has extensive experience in implementing programs, professional development and managing multiple funding sources and is known for her innovative programs. With a focus on traditionally underserved populations, Pamm has brought together key stakeholders to effect systems change through a variety of projects at the state and local levels.
In 2016, Pamm and her team created the YMCA Early Educator Apprentice program – training Head Start/child care parents and community members to… Read More
Roslynn Porch Ed.D. has been working in higher education supporting students in their educational and career development since 2014. She has created and implemented original and long-standing programming for supporting students of color at the university level and has experience managing multiple funding sources. She has extensive experience with recruitment, supervision, and high-level administration, with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Roslynn is extremely excited to join the YMCA team, and is coming to the Bay Area all the way from Ohio! She loves arcades including pinball, collects quarters, and loves a good coloring book/coloring session. Read More
Kisha Hayes, Workforce Manger for the YMCA of the East Bay. Kisha received a BS in Child Development from Fresno State and MS in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis on Family Dynamics from Grand Canyon University. In addition, she has worked for the YMCA of the East Bay for 17 years; in various roles of leadership. Kisha started as a student teacher and has moved through the many growth opportunities that the YMCA has provided. She has always shown a love of educating children since she was a child. Now after 25 years in the industry, her focus and passion has now turned to helping adults that want to work with young children. Kisha wants to continue to grow the field of Early Child Development by making sure new teacher get what they need to become qualified teacher and keeping the Early Childhood field as strong as ever. Read More
Leilani Ison is a Success Coordinator with the YMCA of the East Educator Apprentice Program. She comes with over 10 years’ experience of community-centered work, serving culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations within the San Francisco Bay Area. Leilani has cultivated a skillset in case management, client advocacy, as well as program implementation and management focused on improving outcomes related to health and family wellness. Through her work with community members, Leilani is privileged to expand the impact of advancing their education and professional development to work in the Early Childhood Education field. … Read More
Andrea attended and received a BA in Human Development with an Early Childhood Development Concentration from California State University East Bay. Andrea began working for the YMCA of the East Bay in 2015 but began her story with the YMCA at the age of three as a Y-Child. At a young age, Andrea enjoyed caring for young children and looking out for them and their needs. As she came in to the YMCA, this grew her love and passion for the work in Early Childhood and the importance that this has on children birth to five. Andrea began as an… Read More
Brandi Hamilton is a Success Coordinator at the YMCA of the East Bay Early Childhood Apprentice Program. She comes to us with 7 + years of experience helping diverse youth and communities access opportunities for equity through education, mentorship, and employment. Brandi received a Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on Education Technology from the University of San Francisco. Brandi has always been passionate about making quality education accessible for underserved communities. In previous roles, she has worked as an early childhood educator, mentor, case manager, and work experience counselor. As a Success Coordinator, Brandi will continue to make an impact in Early Childhood Education by helping early childhood educators become impactful teachers in and out of the classroom Read More
Daryl Bright has worked as a project coordinator and manager for over 15 years. His roles have consistently provided an opportunity to merge education, employment and community outreach to underrepresented communities. Daryl started with the Community College of Philadelphia to recruit, support and retain African-American males. During his seven-year tenure he helped to successfully recruit and support over 1000 students in their academic journey. Currently, in his position with the YMCA of the East Bay, he has the pleasure of managing a team that facilitates efforts to assist Head Start teachers, parents and community members, including youth from local high… Read More
Creating a model of support that drives successful completion of degrees, permits and job placement.
Improving the developmental outcomes for children while preparing parents for a career in early education.
Contributing to communities by creating sustainable jobs with benefits and ongoing training.
Demonstrating that non-traditional learners can be successful in school and work.
WE DO THIS BY:
Making high quality career pathways accessible for early childhood educators.
Partnering with funders so apprentices pay no fees.
Providing supports needed to succeed – including tuition, fees, books, child care, transportation, case management, technology, soft skills training, tutoring and much more!
Collaborating with community colleges and 4-year universities to streamline enrollment, academic counseling and transcript analysis.
Our Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program offers training and support for aspiring early childhood professionals. We are especially interested in training parents from our ECI and Head Start programs. By training and adding more qualified staff in Early Care and Education programs, we’re helping individuals to be a part of the workforce, support their family, and earn financial income. Your gift will allow more people to take part in our apprenticeship!