Program Description

The Early Care and Education Teacher Career Pathway Program is a 10-Day work readiness pilot program designed to recruit and instruct adults in how children birth to age five develop and learn, and how to work with and support their needs in an early care and learning setting.

Classes are provided in English and Spanish and are relatively small to provide individualized support. There is a small participation fee.

Week One:
provides a basic introduction to child development, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, curriculum and lesson planning, first aid and CPR and so much more.
Week Two:
includes a two-day internship program in quality early learning centers (child care centers) and career tips.


United Way Early Care and Education Teacher Preparation Program Provides:
  • A quality educational experience with comprehensive training content and resource materials
  • Potential 25+ state approved hours of credit based on instructor facilitated training days and online study (2 courses)
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • The state required background history check and National Fingerprint Scan
  • Career Counseling and knowledge on scholarships to continue career pathway
  • Free link between potential employers and employees and more...
Participation Qualifications:
  • 18 or older with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Two character references
  • Completion of a successful telephone interview with United Way representative
  • Clear National Fingerprint Scan (completed during the training course) - gain Satisfactory Determination Letter from Bright from the Start
Primary Goals of Program:
  • Educate adults to understand how to keep children safe and secure, and to maintain high quality in the early learning setting through meaningful early learning interactions and activities;
  • Provide an alternative career pathway into the Early Care and Education field.
  • Over the past 15 years, the United Way Program has completed 186 classes and graduated over 3,900 participants. United Way graduates have impacted thousands of young children as a result of their support in classrooms and child care programs throughout Metropolitan Atlanta and Georgia.

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A 10-Day work readiness pilot program designed to recruit and instruct adults in how children birth to age five develop and learn, and how to work with and support their needs in an early care and learning setting.