Child Care Apprenticeship Program Launches in May, Applications Open April 29

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Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, in coordination with the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA), Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) and Guam Community College (GCC), today announced the launch of the Child Care Apprenticeship Program in May 2022. This program will make child care more affordable for working families, provide additional support to child care providers, and encourage job creation. The application period opens on Friday, April 29, 2022. The first cohort begins on May 16, 2022.

“Our vision is to train and employ over 100 workers for the child care industry by the end of 2022,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We created this opportunity for members of our community who are passionate about elevating the quality of child care, so Guam’s parents can rejoin the workforce or pursue promotional advancement, knowing their children are cared for.”

“Our Prugråman Pinilan initiatives present a landmark opportunity for our administration to improve existing resources and strengthen our workforce while continuing to balance the health, safety, and wellbeing of our kids and families,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “These programs are further empowering working families to increase their spending power and giving them the flexibility they need to secure other meaningful necessities including goods and services.”

The Prugråman Pinilan Child Care Apprenticeship Program is free for eligible applicants and covers all cohort fees, to include registration and tuition. The program features a course for applicants to obtain a health certificate and child care certification upon graduation. Upon course completion, applicants will begin an apprenticeship inclusive of two months of on-the-job training at a licensed Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) facility. Eligibility requirements include: certification of graduation from a recognized high school or General Educational Diploma (G.E.D.); submission of pertinent health records; and police and court clearances. View all eligibility requirements, and the program application and checklist at investguam.com.

“Thriving families translates to a thriving economy and better quality of life for all,” said GEDA CEO and Administrator Melanie Mendiola. “Prugråman Pinilan continues to support local businesses and the childcare industry as we recover from the pandemic and encourage the growth of productive, fulfilling employment. We are committed to strengthening Guam’s workforce and enhancing the foundation of our local economy to prepare for our future prosperity.”

For more information, visit investguam.com or contact GEDA at 671-647-4332.