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Program Replication Tool Kit:

CDA to Associate's Degree Early Childhood Education Registered Apprenticeship

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Just Published: "Apprenticeship as a Degree Attainment Strategy for the Early Childhood Workforce" (Alison Lutton, September 2018 - LINK)

Just Published: "Philadelphia's Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Program: Support for the ECE Workforce and the Children They Teach" (Amy Friedlander, w/Cheryl Feldman, May 2018 - LINK)

Registered Apprenticeship is a unique and uniquely-valuable workforce development strategy, sitting at the intersection of classroom-based and work-based learning. As such an intersectional strategy, Apprenticeship offers a particularly significant opportunity to advance the thinking around workforce development in Early Childhood Education by leaps and bounds. So much great work, and for so long, has been devoted to improving the quality of ECE educational programs and experiences – but a great deal of attention to the experience of ECE workers in these programs  is now called for. How can we ensure that all frontline ECE workers have access to quality educational experiences that are connected to Career Pathways, and tied to those workers’ experience and efficacy in working with young children?

With over 40 years’ experience thinking about the application of questions like these to frontline healthcare and human service workers, the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund found itself uniquely well-positioned to offer a fresh approach to ECE workforce development when it became clear that Philadelphia was facing a potentially-massive shortage of degreed ECE teachers. Recognizing and rewarding frontline workers for the experience and expertise they have developed over their years in the workforce, Registered Apprenticeship addresses some of the major challenges working adults in any field – especially a relatively low-compensation field like ECE – face in fitting higher education into their busy personal and professional schedules. Apprenticeship is thus also an incredibly important vehicle for addressing disparities in education, compensation and authority in ECE and other fields in which women of color dominate the frontline workforce, but are under-represented in the upper echelons of management.

We hope that you will find this Tool Kit valuable as you explore the possibility of developing an ECE Registered Apprenticeship program of your own. It is my belief that the Apprenticeship model is one of the best opportunities we have to increase economic mobility in the United States, and I hope that you and your local partners come to agree with that assessment.

Thank you and good luck,

Cheryl Feldman
Executive Director, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund  | 215-568-2220 x5101

Designing a Healthcare Work-based Learning Continuum for Philadelphia’s Out-of-School, Out-of-Work Young Adults

Lindsey Woolsey, The Woolsey Group; Anand Vimalassery; Peter Chomko, Cheryl Feldman, Makeeda Holley and Susan Thomas, Training Fund (June 2015)

In 2014, the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund commenced a primary research project to develop a scaffolded work-based learning conceptual model targeted at out-of-school, out-of-work (OSOW) young adults in their early- to mid-twenties.

This research was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support, but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the author(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation. READ


BRIDGING THE GAP: Building a Continuum of Scaffolded Work-Based Learning Activities to Connect Philadelphia’s Out-of-School, Out-of-Work Young People to Healthcare Career Pathways

Peter Chomko, Cheryl Feldman, Makeeda Holley, Training Fund (October 2015)


White House Upskill America Commitment Summaries

Executive Office of the President (May 2015)

White House document on promising American upskilling strategies features the Training Fund (page 13) and a joint AFSCME/SEIU national healthcare apprenticeship initiative in which the Fund and its employer partners are playing key roles (page 29). READ

Home Care Attendant Training and Quality of Care

Linda Houser & Mary Beth Semerod
Rutgers Center for Women & Work (April 2015)

Rutgers report prepared in partnership with Training Fund employer partner Liberty Resources features interviews with homecare consumers and finds that consumers overwhelmingly support increased training opportunities for care workers. READ

Union-Management Training That Works

Peter Chomko, Cheryl Feldman & Sally Klingel
LERA Perspectives on Work, Volume 18, Issue 4 (2014)

For four decades, the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, a pioneering joint labor-management healthcare workforce development partnership, has provided job-driven training and education services to incumbent workers and low-income community residents. READ

Community Health Worker Apprenticeship

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund Workforce Development Case Study Series, No. 1 (December 2014)

The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund's CHW Registered Apprenticeship integrates systems and braids funding sources to help get long-term unemployed Pennsylvanians back to workREAD

Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment

Executive Office of the President (January 2014)

White House report on America's long-term unemployment crisis features the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund's DOL-funded On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. READ

Workforce Partnership Serves Employers and Employees

Community Development Studies & Education Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Cascade, No. 78 (Fall 2011)

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman outlines the Fund's innovative approach to integrated basic skills education and occupational training. READ