Workforce Development


Program Overview

LUME Institute’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program puts unemployed and underemployed workers on a career pathway in Early Childhood Education and is the first coordinated and sustained Department of Labor-registered early childhood apprenticeship program in Missouri and Illinois.

LUME Apprentices begin the program with a six-week course that covers the growth and development of children and is infused with the LUME Approach, a high-quality and innovative curriculum centered on supporting the emotional needs of the child. The course also meets (and exceeds) the professional education requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.


How the Program Works






Interested in Learning More?

If you are looking to partner with LUME or become an early childhood apprentice, please complete the contact form below or contact our
Workforce Development team.



Certain project costs have been underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program and the taxpayers of the State of Missouri.