Camp Fire Apprentice graduates are already seeing success in their careers and future. Take a moment to read the graduation address from the inaugural graduation event and enjoy the pictures. This could be you! It all starts with attending an informational session.
The Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) is a FREE 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 33 hours of college credit. Some prior work experience and course hours will be accepted in substitute for EEAP requirements. Graduates receive a non-expiring Early Childhood Educator I certificate from the Department of Labor. The CDA and Early Education Institute are incorporated into the program courses.
Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2022. Learn more at CampFireFW.org/EEAP
Questions? Contact Camp Fire at EEAP@CampFireFW.org or 817.831.2111, ext. 144.
What is National Apprenticeship Week?
First observed in November 2015, National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the role of apprenticeship in helping workers earn while they learn and grow the economy.
The weeklong celebration allows labor and business leaders, educational institutions, career seekers and other partners to demonstrate support for apprenticeships in preparing a highly-skilled, diverse workforce to meet the talent needs of employers and train Americans for good-paying jobs across multiple industries. https://www.apprenticeship.gov/national-apprenticeship-week
About Camp Fire Early Education Apprenticeship Program
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 (2019), 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 33 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.
The EEAP is offered in partnership with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Tarrant County College, Tarleton State University and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas. Funding support has been provided by the George and Faye Young Foundation, The Miles Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid Richardson Foundation, and United Way of Tarrant County.
About Camp Fire First Texas
Camp Fire First Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in North Texas communities by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also offering workforce development programs for early childhood educators. We envision a community in which every child has equitable access to the learning opportunities they need to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world.