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What is ASPIRE?

This initiative has the potential to solve two societal needs with one solution. Currently, the child care industry is facing a shortage of qualified and trained early childhood educators, and as previously stated, women and parents overall have left the workforce because of the pandemic.

Opportunities to come back to the workforce and maintain a work/life balance exist either working in a child care center or opening a family child care home.

Support for women (and men) could exist in the following forms:

  • Support for completing the initial 45-hour child care training required to work in a child care setting.
  • Support for the completion of the Child Development Associate credential (CDA).
  • Support and connection to resources to complete an Associates or Bachelor’s level degree in early childhood.
  • Training pipeline for individuals new to child care.
  • Stipends for training completion.
  • Continued technical assistance and coaching for your new hire.

Who Do I Contact?

Darianne Powell

Program Coordinator



Melissa Mercado

Project Manager



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