Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 (H.R. 447) to address workforce challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes an amendment highlighting paid on-the-job training for early educators and child care providers.
In addition, earlier this week the Early Educators Apprenticeship Act (2020 version: S.3445) was reintroduced in the Senate to support states’ efforts to develop, administer, and evaluate apprenticeship programs to address their growing need for qualified early childhood professionals. The bill establishes a three-year grant program through The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
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Congress Highlights Early Education Apprenticeships in Bipartisan Bills, First Five Years Fund
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