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Early Childhood Education Apprenticeships: Overview

April 23, 2024

Early childhood education apprenticeship programs provide an accessible way for educators to acquire the knowledge and skills they need, along a pathway to the credential or degree needed to advance …


New BPC Report: A Look into Child Care Workforce Licensing Requirements

February 22, 2024

Every day, early childhood educators play a crucial role in nurturing and shaping the minds of our youngest learners. Yet, the qualifications required for this essential workforce vary drastically across …


The Promise of Apprenticeships to Strengthen the Child Care Workforce

September 6, 2023

Quality child care and early learning opportunities for young children depend on a well-qualified early care and education (ECE) workforce. The ECE workforce has long been plagued by high turnover, …


House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Expand Early Educator Apprenticeships

May 4, 2023

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, including in early learning and care programs, the bipartisan Early Educators Apprenticeship Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Todd …


ACF, Labor, and Education Joint Webinar Highlights the Role of ECE Apprenticeships in Addressing Workforce Shortages

June 1, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) co-hosted …


CCAMPIS Releases Applications for New FY2022 Awards

May 26, 2022

The Department of Education has recently released a Federal Register Notice inviting applications for new awards for FY2022 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.  CCAMPIS …


ECE Apprenticeship Grants Are an Important Piece of Supporting Child Care Workforce

April 20, 2022

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently highlighted a grant opportunity in support of early care and education (ECE) apprenticeships. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Apprenticeship Building America …


Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reauthorize CCDBG

March 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), which provides federal funding to …


Letter Urges Support for ECE Apprenticeships as Senate HELP Committee Considers Workforce Development

April 8, 2021

This week, FFYF submitted comments encouraging the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to include Early Childhood Education (ECE) registered apprenticeships in any update to the National Apprenticeship …


Congress Highlights Early Education Apprenticeships in Bipartisan Bills

February 8, 2021

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, including in early learning and care programs that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives passed …


The Early Educators Apprenticeship Act

February 4, 2021

As understanding about the importance of early learning has grown, so too have expectations about the quality of care that young children receive in their earliest and most developmentally consequential …


House Passes Bill to Invest in Registered Apprenticeships, Strengthening Early Learning Workforce

December 1, 2020

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, which have only grown worse during the pandemic, the House of Representatives has passed the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. The …

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