The Harford Community College Child Care Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications for its upcoming class running from July 2023 to December 2024, according to a news release.
The 18-month hybrid program can be completed while working full-time in a licensed Maryland child care facility.
Apprentices will start as aides and work under a mentor who provides on-the-job training. Apprentices will complete classes in child development, early childhood education and child health and safety.
Most courses are online, allowing apprentices from across Maryland to participate. CPR, first aid and medication administration courses will be held in-person on the Harford Community College campus in Bel Air.
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Individuals accepted into the apprenticeship but who are not currently working will be matched with a participating employer for hiring.
Apprentices must complete 3,000 hours of employment over the course of the 18-month apprenticeship.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, students will earn these certificates, including 90-hour Preschool, 90-hour Infant and Toddler, 90-hour School-Age, 45-hour Child Care Administration, 9-hour Communication Skills, the Americans with Disabilities Act, CPR and First Aid and Basic Health and Safety.
Harford Community College will support apprentices in applying to the Maryland Child Care Credentialing program. Apprentices interested in continuing their education after the apprenticeship are eligible for 21 credits toward an associate degree program after completing the apprenticeship and one three-credit course with a C or better.
The college will provide support in applying for the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund grant, which covers 100% of tuition, books and fees for select child care providers, the release said.
The program is accepting applications from March 1 through March 31. Applications received after March 31 are considered if space allows.
For more information about the program, visit harford.edu.