Early Childcare Education Assistant Teacher Apprenticeship Program

Part of LA County’s collective investment in High Road Training Partnerships (HRTPs) 

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According to the Department of Public Health’s Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, with over 725,000 children under 5 years old in LA County, licensed centers and family childcare homes have the capacity to serve just 7% of working parents with infants and toddlers.

DEO is investing in a 2-year Early Care and Education Assistant Teacher Apprenticeship Program and building a more diverse and sufficient workforce for this important sector. The program offers free community college education and paid on-the-job training for workers interested in teaching and childcare career pathways.

Apprentices will take part in 180 hours of classroom training at local colleges and 2,000 hours of paid work experience, subsidized by DEO in partnership with hiring employers as part of the State and federally-Registered Apprenticeship. The program also includes a Teacher Preparation Academy with additional job readiness training, trauma-informed instruction, and professional development for all apprentices. At the end of this two-year program, apprentices will graduate with a State-issued Associate Teacher License, tuition debt-free, and a job with a committed childcare or early education employer.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in working with young children between the ages of 0-5 as an Assistant Teacher and are an LA County resident, look no further!

Apply today for the next cohort starting in August 2024 with the Child Care Resource Center and Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Deadline to apply is June 30th. If you’re interested, fill out the following interest form here.


The program is designed and delivered by and with subject matter experts and providers in the field and is registered with the State of California’s Departments of Apprenticeship Standards and the US Department of Labor. Partners include:

  • LA County Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
  • Early Care and Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS)
  • Los Angeles Office of Education (LACOE)
  • Child Care Resource Center (CCRC)
  • Community Colleges, including West LA College and Pierce College
  • Head Start agencies and Volunteers for America as employer partners

If you are an employer at a school or Head Start agency and would like to host or hire trainees, fill out this interest form here.

For questions or inquiries, email hrtp@opportunity.lacounty.gov. 

Additional County Support

Find your closest DEO’s America’s Job Center of California for additional information on jobs and High Road Training Programs like this one. Visit www.ajcc.lacounty.gov/job-seekers.

Watch more to learn about our recently launched cohort with LACOE and West LA College!