Child Care Specialist Apprenticeship Program


Program Description

The Community Connection Child Care Specialist Apprenticeship Program is a State Recognized, two-year program. We strive to improve the quality of childcare in America by giving childcare workers extensive classroom and on-the-job training (OJT). During the program's six semesters students will study first aid, CPR for young children, curriculum for developmentally appropriate activities for young children, 10-hour modules for special needs children, curriculum for infant and toddler, and curriculum for the after school care for school-age children. Students will have the opportunity to do hands-on activities to use with young children at their childcare centers. This program meets Child & Family Services licensing standards of a CDA equivalency.


In most cases, a great deal of financial resources and energy are required to prepare for a career, but in our registered apprenticeship program, you are paid a progressively increased wage while you are working and you learn the occupation. This program is an aggressive step toward addressing what has become one of the most urgent needs of America's working families-quality child care and good wages for child care workers. Learning Materials are loaned to the apprentices each semester. Apprentices are required to work a total of 4,000 hours of On the Job Training and 400 class hours for successful completion of the program.

Class Location

Classes are held at the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight STARS Complex, 2980 Edison Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916.

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the Application below and Return it to Community Connection Services, Inc.
  2. Potential apprentices must be 16 years of age or older and employed at child care center;
  3. Community Connection Services Child Care Development Apprenticeship GNJ Committee must select first year apprentices, before beginning the program;
  4. High school diploma or GED equivalency is required for admission into the program;
  5. High school transcripts required. GED grades report required when applicable;
  6. Must be employed in a Child Care Facility or Family Child Care Home;

Additional Information

Program Description and Application