Early Childhood Apprenticeship Bills Progressing in Congress

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).

For more information:

Congress Highlights Early Education Apprenticeships in Bipartisan Bills, First Five Years Fund

Apprenticeships Aren’t Just For The Trades. It’s Also A Way To Bolster Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce, Colorado Public Radio

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