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Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Pre-Apprenticeship offers a FREE opportunity to help high school & CTE students continue with higher education, help them apply for funding to cover the cost of the Child Development Associate (CDA) exam, and it can open the door to employment opportunities. 

Each successful Pre-Apprentice is guaranteed an interview with the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program to discuss their education goals! They will also have entry-level opportunities in the childcare industry and be connected with job outreach events & information. 


  • Connection to existing apprenticeship programs 
  • Approved training curriculum
  • Hands-on learning with a career focus
  • Opportunity to earn a recognized credential
  • Access to support & career counseling 


  • Classroom & technology-based training
  • Build the work-readiness skills that employers like to see
  • Qualify for and gain an advanced standing with partnered apprenticeship programs 

Through funding support, we have provided: 

  • CDA workbooks/kits
  • Tablets
  • PENNAEYC memberships
  • Scholarships for concurrent enrollment
  • Free CDA testing opportunities