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Apprenticeships

Overview

The child care shortage in the United States is due in large part to the child care and early learning professional workforce shortage. Too many professionals have left the sector for higher wages and better benefits, while providers struggle to keep doors open while paying minimum wage to their employees. 

Quality child care and early learning programs rely on educators with specific knowledge and skills. To recruit and retain quality educators, some states have instituted child care and early learning Registered Apprenticeship programs that combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

These 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 their career, ultimately improving program quality. 

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Early Childhood Education Apprenticeships: Overview

November 2, 2023

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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ED and HHS Urge States to Make Headway on Mixed Delivery Preschool

March 1, 2024

Earlier this week, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint Dear Colleague letter urging leaders to work with local education agencies (LEAs) …

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