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Early Childhood Educator is a high demand occupation in the United States. The childcare industry is looking for qualified and competent educators enroll today!

All EECI Credential courses include Industry Recognized National CDA preparation, Head Start Framework and Family and Center Based Industry competency.

 ​We Are the Nation's leading US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program for Career Minded ECE ProfessionalsOur completers maintain employment and earn 70% More!

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Unlock your full ECE potential as a teacher with our highly sought after national US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program

As a US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor, Early Education Career Institute (EECI) has been the trusted resource for the childcare laborer since 2003. We offer more than career readiness, through our unique vocational institute serving Early Childcare Educators (ECE). As a national program we are building the nations ECE workforce pipeline as we offer one of the first credit bearing programs with the US Department of Labor National Guideline Standards (NGS) serving over 14 states, spanning across remote, rural and tribal communities.

Short Term Quality Instruction with Real Life Experience:  Rethink Higher Education

We offer a CDA with Career Ready Competence in a Blended Learning Instructional Model

  • EECI is a national competency-based Career Technical Education (CTE) vocational institute where learners finish with industry recognized credential in less time than traditional higher education certificate and credential programs. Our program bridges vocational and academics, to meet this competency-based criteria students must pass all assignments with a high level of proficiency, before moving on. Teachers work with students individually doing reteaching and remediation if proficiency isn’t met, average student completes in less than 6 months.

  • Each student has an advisor that monitors classwork to make sure they are progressing at an appropriate rate. The individualized academic approach allows students to feel success and removes the pressure students sometimes feel when being compared with other students.

Now Offering ON-SITE Mobile CDA Prep An Early Childhood Educator Program

We come to your center to train your employees! Your employees will gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to become a career ready childcare provider through the national Early Education Career Institute. Dual Enrollment of ECE Apprenticeship and CDA Credential. Courses require a minimum of 3 students.

Contact us for more information 

(Now Enrolling Head Start Programs, ISD/Public Schools, and all Indiana programs encouraged to apply) 

Center Directors/Owners, Head Start, Community Agencies, ISD, and Workforce Programs:

Be the Community Hero, host a community or new hire class and build your community workforce pipeline, get on our calendar today!

Individuals (Babysitters, Nannies, Family, Group and Center Based Providers):

Open Enrollment at EECI Makes Working In Childcare Simple:

  1.  Complete the no cost Application Online 

  2. Participate In The Free Online Orientation 


 Not yet in childcare no worries this is the program for you!

Financing Available for Classes

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for apprenticeship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. All students receive financial assistance average financial grant is $3000.

Job Placement Services

We offer a wide variety of job placement options with childcare centers in your local area, so you can find one that fits your. No matter where you want to go with your career, we have the job opportunities to help you get there.


Earn Industry Credential 

For 20 years our graduates earn the renowned National CDA Credential with a 100% Success rate. They leave confident they have the skills to jump right into classroom implementing best practices and state standards with their newly earned National CDA Credential! Each learner earns a transcript meeting the CDA Criteria accepted in all states, portfolio and test preparation. 


Competitive pay – Earn More

At the Early Education Career Institue, you can have a brand-new career in childcare with the benefit of apprenticeship, a highly qualified wage earner. Jobs are available that pay $7000 a year higher than non-credential workers.  What are you waiting for?

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