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Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program (LEAP to Teach)

The Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program, otherwise known as LEAP to Teach, is a paid workforce development program.

This program provides real-world experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and is designed to support and develop individuals interested in attaining the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Benefits include:

  • Learn what it takes to become an Early Childhood Educational Professional
  • Complete free training leading to a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Obtain the required 480 hours of hands-on working experience
  • Training and guidance provided by experienced early childhood mentors
  • Guidance through the credentialing process from a Workforce Development Coach
  • Monthly stipend
  • Access to supportive services and financial support to cover the cost of tuition, materials and the CDA application fee

Additionally, participants can take advantage of the opportunity to apply for direct placement into an entry-level Teacher Assistant position upon completion!

  • This program is currently being offered twice a year. Online applications are available prior to the start of a cohort. Once you complete the online application along with uploading the required documents, your application will proceed for review to determine if you are a good fit. If the online application is unavailable, this means the cohort is currently not seeking candidates. It is possible that some may be placed on a waitlist. Those who are accepted will receive a phone call and an email with instructions on the screening process, followed by an Orientation date to attend.

  • Courses are being held virtually and placement for preferred practicum will be assigned to adhere to Wayne Metro’s Vaccination Policy.

  • Participation in Leap to Teach is a full time commitment and only those who are seriously interested in working in the field of early childhood should apply. A typical week consists of completing daily course work and includes a strict attendance policy that requires arriving on time and participating in all meetings, trainings and scheduled activities.

  • Applications will be reviewed to determine whether prospective students can satisfy the requirements and overall responsibilities and commitment. Individuals placed with a licensed child care provider must have a comprehensive background check to include FBI fingerprints, sign a statement of ethical conduct and adhere to the agency’s vaccination policy. Falsifying or omitting information will result in the individual being found ineligible.

  • The number of applicants selected varies depending on available funding. Cohort sizes are kept small (15-20) to maximize the individualized attention. Academic support is also available. If you are interested in joining the program it is on a first-come, first served basis. Others will be placed on a waiting list.

Please email us at leaptoteach@waynemetro.org or contact
Monique Martin-Johnson, LEAP to Teach Program Manager, 
at mmartin-johnson@waynemetro.org.

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Wayne Metro has partnered with Wayne County Community College District to provide the college course work in order to prepare students to think critically and creatively, learn and use technology and demonstrate cultural awareness.

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