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Maryland Early EdCorp


Maryland Early EdCorp Logo with Adult and Child Holding HandsJoin the child care workforce and become a leader for young children in your community. The Maryland Early EdCorp Program is a paid CDA Apprenticeship funded by MSDE’s Maryland Rebuilds Initiative. Apprentices receive support in achieving the Child Development Associate credential and Child Care Credential Level 4. They will be prepared to serve as child care teachers working with children and families who may need additional support to access services for disability, language differences, homelessness, child welfare, poverty, and other complex issues. 

To be eligible, interested individuals must have a high school diploma or GED and not have been employed in an early childhood program for the last three years. You also must present documentation of a successfully passed criminal background check.

Apprentices will:

  • Participate in a paid, in-person pre-service class for three weeks
  • Work as a paid apprentice in a high-quality child care program for 4 months
  • Receive ongoing guidance from a Mentor-Coach within the program
  • Participate in weekly virtual classes

Children and teachers reading bookSupport from Maryland Early EdCorp will help you:

  • Complete your CDA Portfolio
  • Take the CDA Examination
  • Schedule the PD Specialist Verification Visit
  • Apply for Child Care Credentialing, Level 4
  • Find a full-time job upon completion of the apprenticeship

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Want to be an apprentice? Complete the expression of interest form.

Early EdCorp is a project of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI) at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Apprenticeship Sites

Maryland Early EdCorp Logo with Adult and Child Holding HandsApprenticeship sites meet quality standards including achieving levels 4 and 5 of the State Quality Rating and Improvement System, EXCELS. Additionally, each site provides early childhood services to a wide range of children and families, ensuring access for children with disabilities, dual language needs, and experiences linked with poverty and trauma. Some Head Start Programs and Judy Center child care partners may be available to each cohort. Prospective apprentices who are interested in these placements should indicate that within their expression of interest form. 

Child care programs with Level 4 or 5 EXCELS ratings that are interested in participating can connect with us via for more information.

To express interest in participating as an apprenticeship site, complete the Apprenticeship Site Interest Form.

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Maryland Early EdCorp Logo with Adult and Child Holding HandsIn each site, apprentices will have access to a Mentor-Coach who will meet with them weekly, observing and offering support towards improving their practice while assisting them with preparation for CDA completion. These individuals are carefully chosen based on their excellence in teaching. They guide apprentices using data, reflection, and practices proven to work for diverse learners in preschool child care settings.

All Mentor-Coaches are recommended by their Program Directors and have at least 4 years of experience working in early childhood and 2 years working with preschool-aged children. Each Mentor-Coach also has a Child Development Associate credential or an Associate or Bachelor degree with a focus on early childhood, education, or human services. They may work with apprentices in their own classroom, or support them in others’ classrooms through regular observation and reflective discussions. Each Mentor-Coach will earn 3 Core of Knowledge hours for orientation activities and is eligible to earn 3 Professional Activity Units for their work as a mentor.

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Funders & Partners

Maryland Early EdCorp Logo with Adult and Child Holding HandsThe Maryland Early EdCorp Program is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education as part of the Maryland Rebuilds initiative. 

The Council for Professional Recognition is a project partner. 

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