The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program (ECAAP) requires that each apprentice obtain the CDA Credential after the first year of program participation. The CDA Credential is the first step on the Kansas Early Childhood Career Lattice. The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Certificate is the next step of professional development.
As with the CDA Credential, apprenticeship requires hands-on experience and formal education. Each apprentice must have at least 4,000 hours of experience working directly with children birth to age 5 and 20 hours of college credit in early childhood education. Apprenticeship education requirements must be obtained through an ECAAP educational partner. Each apprentice who works a minimum of 30 hours per week directly with children and completes the Year 1 required ECAAP courses (as indicated on the Related Technical Instruction Outlines) will meet the hands-on experience and education requirements for the CDA Credential.
Every college credit hour is equal to 15 clock hours of training toward the CDA Credential requirements. The first year required ECAAP classes on the Related Instruction Outlines have been chosen to meet these specific CDA educational requirements.
Both the apprentice and the sponsor should become familiar with the CDA Credential program and its requirements when starting the apprenticeship program. The apprentice will work on the CDA Credential requirements throughout the first year. Apprentices should request a CDA book from the ECAAP office when starting the second semester of college classes.
The sponsor will assist the apprentice in preparing his or her CDA portfolio, Family Questionnaires and
approving the Verification Visit can take place during the center/program's work hours.
The ECAAP program will pay the CDA assessment fee of $425 for each apprentice who remains in good standing with the ECAAP program.