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    Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship Program

Early childhood educators work in a variety of settings in community programs and public schools. They are responsible for providing an engaging and high-quality learning environment for children ages 0–5 years old. 

Early childhood educators provide care and education through play-based instruction, early literacy and numeracy activities, building social-emotional connections, and actively engaging families in a whole-child approach to learning. They develop curricula and lesson plans designed to promote social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in young children.


Average Salary in New Mexico based on the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Who Can Be an Early Childhood Educator?

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older prior to being accepted and registered in the apprenticeship program, have a high school diploma, or other high school equivalency credential , provide official transcriptfor high school and any post-high school education, submit the high school equivalency credential if applicable.

Applicant will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others. 

Applicant must pass the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department background check for child- care workers on acceptance into the program and upon offer of employment if not currently employed by an early childhood education and care program. Applicants must meet Santa Fe Community College entry requirements for acceptance into the college.

Program Sponsor

Early Childhood Center of Excellence
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Krystel Sanchez
APRENDE Program Manager

To obtain general information about registered apprenticeship, please fill out the form below and a representative from the State Apprenticeship Office will contact you by email. 

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