Women's Resource Center Presents Career Connections: Early Childhood Education: Free Preschool Teacher Training

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Pictured: The WRC free virtual seminar links women to quality jobs and funded training programs. Photo courtesy of WRC.

The early learning industry is experiencing a workforce shortage, with an estimated 25% attrition rate during the pandemic. This shrinkage places significant strain on the preschools in our region, as well as on parents searching for quality childcare. This statistic is just one of many data points in the executive summary of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation’s Early Learning Initiative (https://whyearlylearningmatters.org/) which is working to support this important sector in various ways, including implementing preschool teacher recruitment and retention strategies. The Womens Resource Center (WRC) is also committed to addressing this talent shortage by hosting an online information session about professional opportunities in the early education field on Wednesday, August 31, noon-1 p.m., The free virtual seminar, Early Childhood Education: Preschool Teacher Training, is part of WRCs Career Connections program that links women to quality jobs and funded training programs. Participants will learn about the free “Introduction to Child Care 45-hour training program,” local classes for the Florida Child Care Professional Certification (FCCPC), a new pre-apprenticeship program, and degree pathways in Early Childhood Education. Presenters include Francesca Ricciardo, a workforce initiatives coordinator at the Early Learning Coalition Mantatee; Barbara Papantonakis, an early childhood specialist at the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County; and Eunice Lopez, an adjunct instructor at State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota. Register at mywrc.org/childeducation or call (941) 256-9721. To learn more about services available at WRC, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org.

Pictured: The WRC free virtual seminar links women to quality jobs and funded training programs. Photo courtesy of WRC.

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