Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship

Program Content: The Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program / Child Care Apprenticeship Program of Manatee County prepares students through a cooperative apprenticeship program with Manatee Technical College and the Florida Department of Education to prepare students for employment in the local child care industry. Individual classes address specific needs of the industry. The Child Care Apprenticeship program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and meets Department of Children and Families and county requirements. Classes meet in the evening as students must be employed by a child care agency while in training.

Length of Program: Program length is 288 hours of classroom training and 4,000 hours (two years) of on-site supervised work experience.

Admissions: A student must be employed in a participating employer child care center, have a high school diploma or GED®, and complete the application form for submission to the apprenticeship committee. The application is obtained through the participating center and submitted to the committee through the coordinator. Applicants do not apply through MTC.

Download Program Information Sheet

Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship (E300100)

For More Information: Contact Michelle Meluch, 941.751.7900 x 1004, Email

All apprenticeship programs are not accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.