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Center for Childcare Careers

Family Services of Central Massachusetts

Educator Program Support

Individuals

Are you interested in a meaningful career working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers?

The Center for Childcare Careers offers advising and training for individuals working or looking to enter the early childhood workforce. The Early Childhood Development Apprenticeship is a new program that provides support to individuals, helping them gain work competencies and meet state qualifications to work in licensed child care centers, preschools and family child care homes. And since we are a grant-funded program, training and coaching is available at a very affordable cost.

Child Care Programs

Is it a challenge to find good staff who want to work with young children?

Do you have limited time to train and mentor new staff?

Do you want to improve staff retention and morale?

The Early Childhood Development Apprenticeship program in Worcester is a new model to develop staff competencies within a one-year period with classroom and on-the-job training. Apprentices get to “Earn and Learn”. An experienced staff member in your program can be trained to be a coach or one of our experienced coaches will guide and support the apprentice.

Community Organizations and Businesses

Do your employees need safe, quality child care to perform their best at work?

The Early Childhood Development Apprenticeship program is supporting local child care centers by training entry level staff. This increases staff competency over a shorter period of time and increases retention. Parents count on their child’s daily caregiver and want a consistent, positive relationship for their child and family.

Summer Literacy Initiative

Summer Literacy InitiativeThe Summer Literacy Initiative is a privately funded, collaborative effort to prevent summer learning loss among children in grades kindergarten – 4th grade. The program emphasizes practice of literacy skills through fun and engaging summer recreational activities and curriculum. Summer program staff and camp counselors are supported by literacy coaches to embed reading, writing, listening and speaking into the children’s daily routines. Program results since summer of 2010 show that 85 – 90% of children participating in the program avoid summer learning loss.

Funding is provided through a grant from United Way of Central Massachusetts and Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Additional Community Partners: Friendly House and Girls, Incorporated of Worcester.

Participating Summer Programs:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Worcester
  • Community Builders at Plumley Village
  • Guild of St. Agnes – Granite Street, Grove Street, Quinsigamond School
  • Rainbow Child Development at Camp Marshall
  • Worcester Housing Authority at Great Brook Valley
  • Worcester Comprehensive Education and Care at Great Brook Valley
  • YMCA at Alden, Lakeside and Camp Blanchard
  • YWCA at Camp Wind-In-The-Pines

About the Center for Childcare Careers

The Center for Careers offers trainings and special programs.

  • Career Advising and Guidance on Career Pathways
  • Developing Competencies through coursework and credentials
  • Coaching and Mentoring to develop and improve competencies in working with children and families

Contact Us

If you are interested in getting more information about our Early Childhood Development Apprenticeship Program or would like to register for training, please contact us by phone or email.

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