early education apprenticeship programs

The Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) is an educational and career pathway building program. The first U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for early educators in the State of Texas, the EEAP includes paid on-the-job-learning, coupled with educational courses and one-on-one coaching in the classroom from a Camp Fire mentor.

Other benefits include wage increases, stipends that recognize milestones, and earning up to 21+ hours of college credit. Completion of the EEAP requires 4,000 hours (2 years of employment) of on-the-job learning, completed at an approved place of employment, and 288 hours of coursework. Some prior work experience and course hours will be accepted in substitute for EEAP requirements.

Camp Fire is now accepting inquiries for interested Texas Rising Star quality rated sites, nationally accredited sites and interested child care teachers. Applications for apprenticeships will open beginning in January 2020. The inaugural EEAP group begins in August 2020.

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Duration of the Program & Eligibility

The Early Education Apprenticeship Program is a two-year program that combines on-the-job learning, professional development, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching.

Camp Fire First Texas Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) is offered in partnership with: Workforce Solutions for Tarrant CountyTarrant County  CollegeTarleton State University and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas.

The Camp Fire First Texas Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) is a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship. This program is a career pathway for the passionate early educator who is:

  • college ready and wants to earn college credit while also earning a living wage,
  • not yet college ready but needs the support and resources to become college ready, or
  • desires an alternative to college.

Complete the Apprenticeship Interest Form and be contacted about eligibility, benefits and more.

Early Education Apprenticeship (EEAP) Frequently Asked Questions

A: A Host Site is a childcare center where an active apprentice is employed
B. An eligible Host Site is a child care site in which a Host Site Commitment has been signed, but there is not an active apprentice. Once an apprentice is selected from an eligible Host Site, the status will change from “eligible” Host Site to Host Site.

A: a. Contact the EEAP director by phone or email to schedule a meeting
b. The childcare program/director must:
i. commit to incremental wage increases for apprentices
ii. allow on-site mentoring from a Camp Fire EEAP Mentor
iii. commit to supporting the apprentice in the implementation of new skills
iv. sign a host site commitment
v. sign a Department of Labor Employer Agreement.

A: Not necessarily. Every interested candidate must submit an application and meet basic requirements. These include:
• Teacher currently works in Tarrant County and has had one year of consecutive employment in a licensed child care program.
• Apply online and complete and interview with the EEAP Director
• All applicants will be scored using a scoring rubric.
• There is no guarantee your staff will be selected for an apprenticeship just because they work at a host site.

A: 20 apprentices will be selected for the first cohort which will begin their program in August of 2020.

A: The Camp Fire EEAP is a 1.5 – 2-year commitment for apprentices. Apprentices are required to sign a commitment to remain with their current employer for one year after graduation from the program.

A: The wage increase is negotiable on a case by case basis; however, the recommended increase is 3% after satisfactory completion of the first year, and 3% after satisfactory completion of the program.

B. Can I participate as a Host Site if I am located outside Tarrant County?

C. At this time, the Camp Fire EEAP is only offered to full-time teachers who work in Tarrant County. If you are interested in receiving updates regarding future updates and expansion, please subscribe to our email list here (insert link)

A: Interested candidates should have at least one year of full-time, and consecutive employment in a licensed child care program. The EEAP prioritizes teachers who are employed by Texas Rising Star or nationally accredited childcare centers. The employer must agree to become an EEAP Host Site.

A: • High quality professional development
• Department of Labor issued (non-renewing) credential
• Potential for up to 21 hours of college credit
• Wage increases provided by your employer
• Educational stipends provided by Camp Fire (as funding is available)
• No cost to participate (as funding is available)

A: The apprenticeship is 1.5- 2 years depending previous education and experience.

A: The pay increase will vary on a case-by-case basis and will be pre-determined by your employer based on current pay plus the incremental wage increases.

A: The apprenticeship program is free to apprentices and Host Sites for the 20-21 term.

A: Camp Fire will not provide child care during class times. Apprentices will need to make arrangements for child care as children are not allowed in class.

A: The college credit obtained through the apprenticeship is optional and there for those who would like to use it. The difference in the apprenticeship program and other professional development, is that the apprenticeship leads to a tangible recognition of teacher skills and educational experience through a Department of Labor recognized certificate.

A: Employers do not pay for the time apprentices are in class, but apprentices will receive supplemental stipends from Camp Fire based on successful completion of specific milestones.

A: Most sessions will be held at the Camp Fire Resource Center, 2700 Meacham Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76137. However, from time-to-time, some sessions are held at other locations within the community.

A: Mentoring is a relationship-based adult learning strategy intended to promote and support a teacher’s awareness and refinement of her professional learning process and teaching practices.
B. Mentors will be on-site with teachers twice per month working alongside apprentices to enhance the on-the-job learning and reinforce the information received during class time.

A: Per Department of Labor Standards of Apprenticeship, apprentices will have the option to continue the apprenticeship at another host site, if offered employment.

A: Yes, licensed child care homes in Tarrant County are eligible to apply.

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