Workforce Development

I have been an educator for 24 years, and this is the first time I am learning about the social and emotional development in children.
— Danella, CDA Candidate

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LUME Institute's Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program

Currently, early learning centers lack efficient and time-sensitive methods to attract, prepare, and retain high quality educators. We need to elevate the profession of early childhood education. Educators need to experience satisfaction and success in the field, and commit to a career in early childhood. If we want to change society, we need to transform the way our youngest children are taught.

LUME Institute is addressing the turnover epidemic through a partnership with SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment) and by preparing early childhood educators through workforce development and service delivery.

LUME's Program in the News

11.28.2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Raising the stakes for early childhood education; apprenticeships look to professionalize the field
9.2.2016 LUME Early Childhood Apprenticeship
4.28.2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Apprenticeship pilot program to train child care workers in St. Louis
3.23.2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial: Training child care workers can help break cycle of poverty
3.21.2016 St. Louis Post Dispatch: Can a St. Louis housing complex help solve a shortage of trained child-care workers?
3.18.2016 The St. Louis American: New program pays people to train as early childhood teachers
3.17.2016  Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship in partnership with SLATE

Click here to view the current press release on this partnership. If you are interested in the apprenticeship, click here to access information through SLATE.  For additional information, please call Lindsey Forsythe (Workforce Development Project Manager) at 314-469-9805 extension 120. 

I have worked with kids previously, but I never knew the importance of the emotional well-being of children and educators. I never established partnerships with the families I worked with previously. This program is teaching me to go above and beyond what I know and to step outside of my comfort zone.
— Mioshi, CDA Candidate



LUME Institute is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) approved vendor in Missouri. Click here to access SLATE's Career Center.