Early Childhood Workforce Program

Empowering the next generation of diverse early childhood educators

We provide a pathway for  individuals to gain state and national credentials in early childhood education.

In collaboration with Community Education Network, our apprenticeship programs include workshops that build professional development and employability skills, as well as provide wrap-around services for participants in need of additional support. Through the program, individuals  receive state and nationally recognized certifications and

credentials in early childhood development and are exposed to all industry-related careers such as speech pathology, nutrition, physical therapy, and mental health. ITAV’s Early Childhood Workforce programs also seek to expose individuals of color to these professions where there is a critical need for diversity in providers.

Early Childhood Workforce Program

Our program sets new educators up for success

Participant Requirements

Earned Credentials

Additional Support

Summer Pre-Apprenticeship

Apprentices ages 16 to 24 gain work experience through our 13-week program (90 days of subsidized pay) in one of the ITAV family of schools or one of our Early Childhood Workforce Partner Sites (Locations: Downtown, Loop, South, East and West sides of Chicago). Apprentices also gain certifications in First aid, CPR, and Food Handlers as well as the ECE Level 1 credential via Illinois Gateways to Opportunities.

CDA Apprenticeship

Child Development Associate Apprentices work in our year-long (270 days of subsidized pay) program towards the Nationally recognized CDA Credential (Only available to those who are 18 and older and have a high school diploma or GED, Not offered in the Summer Pre-Apprenticeship). Apprentices gain work experience in one of the ITAV family of schools or one of our Early Childhood Workforce Partner Sites (Locations: Downtown, Loop, South, East and West sides of Chicago). They also gain certifications in First aid, CPR, and Food Handlers as well as the ECE Level 1 credential via Illinois Gateways to opportunities.

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Meet Our Program Leaders

Darrell Brown

Director of Early Childhood Workforce

Makeya Kelly

Counselor of Early Childhood Workforce Program

Registration Day Event

Come learn about all the Early Childhood Workforce Program has to offer! Bring your questions, meet our Counselor & Director, and enjoy some refreshments.

 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

11:00 – 2:00 PM in Chicago South Loop

 

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ECWevent

Get Connected

The next cohort of our Early Childhood Workforce Program begins soon for ages 18 to 24. Interested in learning more? Drop a note in our contact form and Darrell or Makeya will be in touch.

Early Childhood Workforce

After receiving my Childhood Development Associate credential through the Early Childhood Workforce program at ITAV, I realized how much I love learning about children and think I want to pursue getting my Masters in Child Development.

Asja S.
ITAV Early Childhood Workforce Program Graduate
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