Early Childhood Employment Partnership Forum Proves Successful

More than one hundred members, eager for training, educational opportunities and jobs, trekked to the union auditorium for the Early Childhood Employment Partnership Forum this month.

Members listened and spoke to about fifteen different programs regarding advancing and enhancing their careers and futures. The program was sponsored by the union’s Education Department, the Consortium for Workers Education and the NYC Day Care Council through a grant from the New York City Council.

For employment opportunities, members heard from the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Harbor, the YWCA and AHRC

Training and job placement opportunities were summarized by Leticia Thomas who also introduced Jobs to Build On Partners, and other resume and training centers. Ivy Brown and Karen Wilson introduced members to SUNY ATTAIN for pre-childcare training.

Many members demonstrated real attention to the Early Childhood Educational Opportunities segment that featured the Borough of Manhattan Community College for Associates Degree educational opportunities and the CDA Training and the UPreK training offered through the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI).

Members can currently obtain Masters Degrees in Early Childhood Education through PDI at no cost for training and their certifications if they apply now. This program has two tracks for a Masters Degree. One track offered to assist members to receive a Masters Degree in fifteen months if qualified members can take the curriculum full-time. The other track will help working teachers with a Bachelors Degree obtain their masters and credentials while working in a center. Both programs are sponsored by the City of New York under the mayor’s new emphasis on UPreK.

Members are encouraged to apply immediately.
For more information on the opportunities available, contact the union’s Education Department at 646-527-6617 or 46. To contact your union representative call 212-219-0022.