Home Visitation Apprenticeship Program
Are you interested in becoming a Home Visitor?
Apply for the Home Visitor Apprenticeship Program!
Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) and Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) are looking for individuals interested in participating in an 17-month Home Visitor Apprenticeship Program beginning in August 2021. Offered in partnership with Early Care and Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) and Antelope Valley College (AVC), the Home Visitor Apprenticeship is an innovative earn-and-learn program that will prepare you to work with young children and families as a home visitor, early childhood educator, or other community-focused worker. The Home Visitor Apprenticeship will provide paid on-the-job training and mentoring, free college coursework, tutoring, and other supports. In the final weeks of the program, successful participants will be placed in full-time positions with one of the participating employers, subject to available open positions.
WHAT IS HOME VISITING?
Home Visiting is a service that focuses on families with young children 0-5 and expectant moms. A Home Visitor supports the family by using a family-friendly plan to develop positive parenting skills and to help parents when they interact with their child. They provide fun activities based on the child’s age, local resources and community referrals to help children and the overall well-being of the family. The services provided can help to prevent child abuse and neglect, and help children get ready to start school.
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
An apprenticeship is a training program that prepares individuals to work in a particular job while they earn a wage. The basic components of the Home Visitor Apprenticeship are:
- On-the-Job Training: A paid work experience which includes job shadowing, mentoring, and additional training to prepare for a position in the field
- Education: Six college classes will be offered free of charge to help prepare the apprentice for the job.
- Compensation: Apprentices will be paid for On-the-Job Training hours completed.
WHAT IS JOB SHADOWING?
Apprentices will be assigned to a mentor who will provide hands-on training 20 hours a week at Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) or Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH). Apprentices will watch their mentor as they complete their day-to-day job duties to learn skills needed to succeed as a home visitor. These skills include:
- Teaching families about prenatal care and early child development.
- Working with families to support positive parent-child relationships.
- Making notes of what happened during the home visit.
- Screening children for developmental strengths and delays.
- Connecting families to local resources.
- Helping families identify and reach personal and family goals.
WHAT COLLEGE COURSES WILL I TAKE DURING THIS PROGRAM?
In partnership with Antelope Valley College, Apprentices will complete six college courses as a cohort with other Apprentices to be held at the Child Care Resource Center. These classes are only available to those accepted into the Apprenticeship Program. Courses will be designed to be engaging and hands-on, with tutoring available to all participants free of charge:
- Introduction to Early Childhood Education
- The Developing Child
- The Child in Family and Community Relationship
- Discovery-Based Education for Children
- Introduction to Sociology
- Ethnic Relations
WHAT TYPE OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?
Participants will receive professional training in job readiness, technology, CPR/First Aid/Preventative Health, shadow their mentor, and complete on-the-job training in an early care and education classroom.
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE AFTER COMPLETING THE APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprentices will earn a certificate of Home Visitor Apprenticeship Completion from the CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards and US Department of Labor, and a California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit. The Certificate of Completion will indicate that apprentices are qualified to work as home visitors and related positions. The Permit will qualify apprentices to work in early care and education settings in California as Associate Teachers.
HOW WILL I BE COMPENSATED?
Apprentices will start off earning minimum wage ($15 per hour) and work 20 hours a week for the first 15 months of the program. During the last 5 months of the program, they will work full-time and receive full-time wages. This is subject to available open positions.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE?
Basic eligibility requirements include:
- At least 18 years of age.
- Eligibility to work in the U.S.
- Minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.
- Ability to read, speak and write in English required; bilingual ability in Spanish desirable.
- Meet basic physical requirements, drug test, background check (Criminal Background Check, Live Scan, Child Abuse Index Check, Sexual Offender Registry, TB Clearance, Immunizations).
- Former/current recipient of home visiting program services for a minimum of 2-years, highly preferred.
- Candidates with equivalent life experience such as working with children and families and community services while dealing with challenging situations will also be considered.
- Must be available 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday, from August 2nd, 2021–December 30th, 2022.
- Must be interested in a full-time position as of August 2022.
Interested individuals should attend one of two information sessions for more details: May 11th and May 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.