Why ECEPTS? Why Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a respected, tried-and-true approach to training low-income job seekers and placing them on sustainable career pathways while supplying employers with workers who can meet their precise workforce needs.
Building on the apprenticeship tradition, ECEPTS Apprenticeships represent state-of-the-art, replicable models that uniquely address the needs of the ECE workforce by integrating on-the-job training, coaching, no-cost college coursework, cohort learning and increased compensation.
Almost entirely female and in the majority women of color, the ECE workforce includes significant numbers of recent immigrants, working mothers, and first-generation college students who face challenges and barriers to success common among non-traditional students and workers.
To ameliorate these challenges, ECEPTS Apprenticeships incorporate research-based supports that result in consistently high rates of program completion.
ECEPTS Apprenticeships represent state-of-the-art, replicable models that uniquely address the professional development needs of the early care and education workforce by integrating on-the-job training, coaching, no-cost college coursework, cohort learning, and increased compensation. As an ECE sector intermediary, ECEPTS provides training and technical assistance to support design, development, and implementation of ECEPTS-sponsored apprenticeship programs across the country.
As a pioneer in the field, ECEPTS is committed to developing a network of Registered ECE Apprenticeship programs that reflect state-of-the-art early childhood education theory and practice, prioritize equity as a key value and driver of program design and participant outreach, and advance the economic well-being of the ECE workforce. ECEPTS field building activities include sponsoring conferences, developing toolkits and resource materials, and lending expertise to new program and policy initiatives.
ECEPTS approaches systems change through the lens of workforce development, with a goal of advancing the rigorous professional development and economic well-being of the early care and education workforce. Believing that broad-based coalitions are necessary to effect systemic and sustainable change, we collaborate and engage the ECE industry, workforce development entities, institutions of higher education, policy and advocacy groups, the philanthropic community, and government.