Early Childhood Apprenticeship is a groundbreaking model of Apprenticeship designed to address the most critical issues identified by employers in the childcare industry, such as staff retention and employee education. The goal of Apprenticeship is to help the early childhood workforce move beyond the CDA to attain an AA or BA and ultimately higher wages.  Apprentices can combine supervised on the job learning with college courses-connecting theory to practice.  They are offered educational supports and mentoring throughout the process.  Work experience can count for educational credits and reduce or expedite the process to complete the degree.


First Start Partnerships is the Intermediary for the Central Region of Pennsylvania.  As the Intermediary, we support all aspects of Apprenticeship including recruitment, enrollment and retention of early childhood employers and Apprentices.