The YMCA program has offered me all the extended support needed to pursue my goal of being a great educator. With the courses offered, I had the opportunity to uncover things about myself as a parent and as a person, which have helped me for the better. I am excited to learn more and eventually earn my bachelor’s degree in early childhood educationErica D. joined the EEAP in the fall of 2020 as a Head Start parent and First 5 participant. Erica is a full-time employee at the YMCA of The East Bay and is working on her AA degree. Learn more about their success in the program
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?
YMCA EARLY EDUCATOR APPRENTICE PROGRAM (EEAP)
The YMCA EEAP was established 2015 to meet the need for high quality teachers in the communities we serve. By creating an early childhood career pipeline – providing education, on-the-job training, support and job placement, the YMCA has trained over 500 community members to become teachers, many of whom are parents in our early childhood programs.
WHY AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
Apprentice programs encompass all components of high-quality professional preparation, establishing a career pathway – not just a job. By focusing on both entry level and the current workforce, apprentice programs level the playing field in high poverty communities by providing access to education, training and jobs while increasing the capacity and degree attainment of skilled workers.