Career pathway

Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway

An innovative Approach to Developing an Effective Workforce

Free, online information session: March 9th, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sign up: [email protected]

People who want a career in early childhood education now have a clear path to a good paying job thanks to an innovative program based in the Edison neighborhood. The Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway provides a sustainable career pathway that increases the availability of qualified Early Learning Professionals (ELPs) in Kalamazoo. The program expands access to childcare and early learning options for residents that lead to strong and resilient families through multi-generational learning approaches. 

Who should apply

Job-seekers who want to work in childcare but need support and guidance
to reach that goal. We welcome non-traditional candidates, meaning those who may not have a GED, are still working to improve their English fluency, or who just need additional guidance to enter this much needed profession.

How to apply

Click the button below and fill out the interest form (English and Spanish) by March 19th. You will be contacted within 3 business days to discuss your options. Have questions? Email Rose at [email protected] (if you are age 18+) or Lisa at [email protected] (if you are age 18-24). 

This program has three key components:
Career Pathway and Program Development: Aligns workforce development and adult learning activities in ways that support job seekers in their pursuit of careers as ELPs and in other childcare-related careers.

Participant Success: Individuals who participate in the program will have access to gainful employment, paid training, and support that leads to greater financial stability and economic opportunity.

Neighborhood Capacity: Increases the capacity of the Edison neighborhood to support the well-being of families and improves the local economy. Also increases equal access to quality child care services in the neighborhood and sparks entrepreneurial and economic growth as a result of leveraging the programs provided through the new YWCA Edison Children’s Center and other sites in the Edison neighborhood.

get paid to gain classroom experience

This full-time, paid apprenticeship has many benefits: 

Hire into the YWCA’s Edison Children’s Center
You will work in the classroom, take leadership roles, and develop relationships with families.

 

Access To High-Quality, Professional Training
Work hands-on with children, lesson planning, note-taking, eating with children, and observing.

 

Educational Service
Receive educational instruction in child development, equity, social emotional development.

 

Earn Licenses & Certificates
Earn the Child Development Associate Credential through training provided by Southwest Child Care Resources.

Media

February 8, 2021
Career Pathway Aims To Fill Shortage of Childcare Providers in Kalamazoo
The Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway program was created to fill a childcare shortage officials said became very apparent in specific neighborhoods throughout the city of Kalamazoo.

February 4, 2021
YWCA in Kalamazoo Creates Career Pathway to Staff 24-hour Childcare Center
This program partnership will create an employment pipeline in Kalamazoo County. Apprentices will train as early learning professionals at YWCA’s new Edison Children’s Center, on the lower level of The Creamery apartment building at the intersection of Portage and Lake streets in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.

February 1, 2021
Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Press Release
People who want a career in early childhood education now have a clear path to a good paying job thanks to an innovative program based in the Edison neighborhood.