Build the Early Care and Education Workforce With FELS

FELS is committed to creating change within our industry. We recognize that ECE educators are traditionally an underappreciated, yet essential workforce. FELS is addressing this disparity and creating opportunities for our staff to grow as professionals. Learn more about our new programs below:

Career Pathways to build hope

We understand that teachers want to level up and become better. We want to encourage growth and provide training for teachers to reach their full potential. We want ECE staff to recognize that our industry offers them more than a job – it can offer them a career. We not only want to help teachers recognize this, but with effective professional development, we can help realize the upward progression.

Educator in Training

Educator in Training is an in-house apprenticeship program at FELS designed to recruit new talent into the organization. This program
provides on-the-job training opportunities for new candidates
interested in entering the ECE field, but who fall short of the
required 2500 experience hours. Candidates will be hired for
full-time positions with eligibility for benefits, and, once a
candidate reaches the 2500 hours requirement, they will be
considered for an Assistant Teacher position.

Learn and Earn*

The Learn and Earn program is the result of a partnership
between FELS, First Up, and local college supports through
the Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware
County Community College, and Arcadia University. This
program will allow current FELS teaching staff to obtain an
Associates or Bachelors Degree in ECE for free. Funding for
this program is generously provided through the Teacher
Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) and Public
Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

“Your position here is more than just a job…I want everybody to know that there is a future for you HERE.” – Taka Agawa, President & CEO

*Funding for this program is generously provided through the Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

Federation Day Care Services is a registered charitable organization. The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply Endorsement. EIN 23-1352554.

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