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Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Early Care & Education Pathways to Success
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

9 skill sets | 30 total skills
Understands and Supports Early Childhood Development
Supports parents/caregivers in understanding and promoting healthy growth and development of children
Demonstrates understanding of developmentally appropriate practice, and the importance of play and relationships in learning
Connects parents/caregivers to early intervention as appropriate
Promotes Child Health, Safety, and Good Nutrition
Demonstrates understanding of basics of early brain development
Demonstrates knowledge of basic child health requirements
Demonstrates understanding of child nutrition requirements
Recognizes signs of child abuse, neglect, maltreatment
Understands and Facilitates Positive Parent/Caregiver-Child Interaction
Demonstrates understanding of influences on parenting
Demonstrates an awareness of the importance of bonding and attachment
Encourages positive interactions between parent/caregiver and child
Promotes developmentally appropriate, positive guidance strategies
Works to Strengthen Family Functioning
Demonstrates understanding of the strength-based approach to working with families
Encourages positive family communication and conflict resolution
Supports families in identifying informal and formal support networks
Promotes Family Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Promotes positive maternal health
Promotes positive mental and physical health
Possesses essential knowledge regarding intimate partner violence
Demonstrates awareness of the impact of poverty, racism, and systemic inequities on family well-being
Supports Families in Accessing Community Resources
Identifies and collaborates with community resource providers
Supports families in navigating and advocating for services
Develops Relationship-based Family Partnerships
Demonstrates awareness of the centrality of trusting, mutually respectful relationships
Employs effective communication strategies with parents/caregivers
Co-develops goals and action plans with parent/caregivers
Practices Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
Demonstrates understanding of cultural identity and acculturation, and their role in parenting
Demonstrates cultural humility and awareness of biases
Demonstrates linguistic awareness and responsiveness
Demonstrates understanding of dual language learning in young children
Demonstrates Knowledge of Effective Home Visiting Processes
Demonstrates understanding of the steps in the assessment cycle
Demonstrates knowledge of planning techniques
Understands data and documentation requirements

Technical Instruction

Introduction to Sociology
Basic concepts of the discipline of sociology, and the theoretical approaches and methods of sociology. Includes the analysis and explanation of social structure, group dynamics, socialization, culture, the construction of self and group identity, social stratification, diversity, social change, global dynamics, and globalization.
Ethnic Relations
Sociological, historical, and political components of race and ethnic relations in the United States and the effect in regard to globalization. Major ethnic and racial groups, including minorities within these groups, will be examined in detail utilizing sociological theories and perspectives including; African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American ethnic groups. Techniques designed to promote peaceful and successful interaction will also be reviewed.
Child Growth & Development
Apprentices examine major physical, psychosocial and cognitive-language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. Emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, apprentices will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.
Child, Family and Community
Examine the developing child in a societal context focusing on the inter-relationship of the family, school and community, and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. Processes of socialization and identity development are highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Topics covered include: social influences on parenting styles, communication, child-rearing and the relationships between the child, family and school.
Sociology of the Family
Social factors which contribute to marriage and family. Changing historic, economic, and socio-cultural forces that shape intimate and familial relationships.
Children’s Literature
Introduction to children’s literature. Fairy tales and tale types; interpretation of children’s literature from perspective of children, teachers, and parents; study of books by authors such as Brown, Dahl, Juster, Rowling, Sendak, Soto, and others.
Curriculum and Environments for Infants and Toddlers
Introduction to organizing and developing activities for children aged 0-3 years. Focus on practical learning experiences in areas such as arts and crafts, imaginative play, music and movement, learning games. Includes culturally appropriate activities, meeting needs of young dual-language learners, and adapting environments and programs to meet needs of children with disabilities or special needs.
Introduction to the Field of Education
Historical and sociological analysis of the educational system and careers in teaching: Study of principles of effective instructional models with emphasis on apprentice centered and culturally relevant methods, research of resources for curriculum and instruction, and observation of teaching practices in local schools.

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