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Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Program (LEAP to Teach)

Wayne Metro Headstart

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 16 Early Childhood College Credits
  • Obtain the required 480 hours of hands-on working experience
  • Training and guidance provided by experienced early childhood mentos
  • 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.

  • Classes are either held on the campus of Wayne County Community College District or at our Wayne Metro Detroit Headquarters. Classes typically meet two to three times a week for 6.5 hours and are taught by approve higher education faculty who have degrees in early childhood education as well as extensive experience working in the field. Although you are asked to choose a preferred practicum location during the initial application, this does not necessarily guarantee your first preference will be granted. We aim to place you where you can have the best possible experience. Placements will be assigned during Orientation/Registration.

  • 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 full days of course work coupled with placement at a center-based Head Start/Early Head Start location. This includes a strict attendance policy that requires attending and arriving on time to all scheduled classes and site placements.

  • 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 and sign a statement of ethical conduct. Falsifying or omitting information will result in the individual being found ineligible.

  • The number of applicants selected varies depending on available funding. Class 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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