APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program


For students studying Early Childhood Education or the Alternative Teacher Licensure program for an Early Childhood Teacher Certification, a special Student Success Stipend of up to $2000 is available for the Spring 23 semester. Learn more about stipends and financial support for Early Childhood students here.

APRENDE is an early childhood teacher training program at Santa Fe Community College that uses hands-on experience in early childhood classrooms to earn certificates and degrees in early childhood.

APRENDE has two different training programs:

APRENDE Pre-Apprenticeship Program: a pre-apprenticeship for people who do not have experience in early childhood settings.  Pre-Apprentices gain experience through a 150-hour field experience and earn a Child Development Certificate (CDC) in early childhood education.

APRENDE Apprenticeship Program: an apprenticeship training program for people working in early childhood who are interested in an accelerated pathway to an associate degree in early childhood. 

APRENDE Infant Toddler Child Development Certificate (CDC) Cohort: APRENDE is offering a special CDC cohort during 2023-2024 for infant and toddler teachers and people who would like to get experience in an infant and toddler classroom.