Apprentices come from a variety of backgrounds. Typically they are individuals new to the field and/or individuals who have not had formal education in early childhood education. Apprentices must commit to fully participating in the training program.

Apprentices must meet the the following requirements:

What are the benefits for apprentices?

  • Support and guidance from a qualified mentor at their workplace
  • Earn 18-21 credits through successful completion of the six or seven college courses
  • Receive money toward textbooks, travel stipends and paid release time as part of the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship
  • Paid a bonus upon successful completion of each T.E.A.C.H. scholarship contract
  • Gain additional skills and knowledge from required community based training
  • Gather all the tools needed to complete their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in apprenticeship, if desired
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion as a Child Development Specialist from the Department of Labor. This is a professional credential that is recognized nationwide as a Standard of Quality
  • Become eligible to earn a Level IIIA certificate on the Northern Lights Career Ladder
  • May be eligible for a bonus from the Child Development Division upon successful completion of apprenticeship

I’m interested! How do I find an employer who will sponsor me as an apprentice?

You can explore potential employers that have participated in sponsoring child care apprentices on the VT Department of Labor’s list. Please note, these programs may not currently be hiring or looking for apprentices. If you are applying for a position or are currently employed at an early childhood education program, ask the employer if they will sponsor you. Employers who are interested in becoming sponsoring programs can contact VTAEYC.

I’m ready! How do I apply?

Contact the Vermont Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program at