Alyssa Kelly, Assistant Teacher at the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development, recently completed Vermont’s Child Care Apprenticeship Program. Kelly completed her apprenticeship at the Winston Prouty Center in Brattleboro, where she was supported by her mentor, Kim Paquette.
The Child Care Apprenticeship Program combines on-the-job mentoring with formal classroom instruction in the field of early childhood education. Kelly documented over 4,000 hours of supervised work on the job; completed a sequence of six college courses; and attended over 30 hours of training designed to broaden her knowledge and skills in the field. The VT Department of Labor issued her a Certificate of Completion in the trade of Child Care Development Specialist.
The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) is a nonprofit organization that runs the Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the VT Department of Labor and area child care employers. During Kelly’s term of apprenticeship, VCCICC contracted the college courses through the Community College of Vermont, with grant funding from the State of Vermont Child Development Division as well as private donations.
“The apprenticeship program is a great opportunity for early educators looking to advance their careers. As Vermont works to bolster the field of early childhood education, it’s a valuable resource that employers should take advantage of,” said Chloe Learey, Executive Director of the Winston Prouty Center. “We’re proud of the hard work Alyssa put into this important achievement.”