Want to work in child care? See how to get free college courses, paid training and job placement in Sacramento

The City of Sacramento has launched a new Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program to train city residents to work in the early childhood education teaching industry.

“This industry was disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said City’s Child Care Project Manager Janine Cooper. “Sacramento County lost 13.3% of their childcare workforce, and we are seeking to grow the number of skilled and credentialed teachers for early childhood education.”

The program is part of the $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan dollars the City Council approved to increase child care accessibility for families, help local child care providers and support Sacramento’s child care workforce.

The program will be designed to provide education and training to apprentices over a three-year period. Apprentices will receive subsidized courses and course materials from Los Rios Community College.

Apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training at child care centers and mentoring from experienced teachers as well as supportive services including tutoring and educational counseling from Los Rios Community College staff. Apprentices can also qualify for an Associate Teacher Permit.

Program participants must live in the city of Sacramento, be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma/GED. A background check is required.

Those interested in learning more or applying to the program can attend an upcoming hiring event or reach out to City staff directly at 916-808-5449 or email jcooper1@cityofsacramento.org.

Apprentice hiring event

Learn more about this opportunity from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at 500 Arden Way, in the clubhouse attached to Woodlake Park. Child care will be provided by empowerMe preschool.

Those interested in pursuing the apprenticeship should bring resumes to the event, which will have onsite interviewing. Individuals will be interviewed and potentially offered provisional job offers on site.


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