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
Must be ages 16-24 for Summer Pre-Apprenticeship, or 18-24 with a high school diploma or GED for CDA Apprenticeship. All participants must submit: DCFS Background Check/Fingerprinting, 3 Letters of Recommendations, DCFS Physical (Medical Report on an Adult in a Child Care Facility) with TB test and MMR immunizations (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella).
Individuals who successfully complete our programs graduate with the following certifications that are paid for by the ECW program: CPR, first aid, food handlers, ECE Level 1, Child Development Associate credential through The Council for Professional Recognition (Must be 18 with a high school diploma or GED. Not offered during the summer).
Free 30 Day Ventra Card; Child Care Services; Job Placement Assistance; Access to technology and supplies, Employability training, and Financial literacy training.
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.
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.
Meet Our Program Leaders
Director of Early Childhood Workforce
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
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.
ITAV Early Childhood Workforce Program Graduate