Early Childhood Educator

The Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide the initial training for individuals who want to help children develop their potential.

The apprenticeship training program incorporates both instruction-based learning through the Grand Rapids Community College that leads to earning the Child Development Associate Credential, and hands-on learning in a classroom with infants/toddlers or preschoolers under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

For the hands-on learning, apprentices are paid an hourly wage. This 12-month training program is supported by many employer partners and community organizations involved in early childhood education including: Baxter Child Development Center, Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan: La Escuelita,  YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Child Development Center, the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative-Early Learning Center, and the Refugee Education Centers two sites: Explore & Learn Academy & Hands Connected.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship training, please fill out the interest form at the bottom of this page. For more information, please download the Frequently Asked Questions form below.