Do you enjoy working with children? Learn about our FREE ECEA Program!

Do you enjoy working with children? Learn about our FREE ECEA Program!

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Do you enjoy working with children? Start a career in childhood education with our FREE ECEA Training Program! (Ages 18-29)

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Program starts September 13, 2022! Apply now as there are limited seats!

The YMCA Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) Training Program prepares young adults with the necessary skills and certification for jobs as Early Childhood Education Assistants. The FREE 13-week Training includes:

  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate through Vancouver Community College
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR-C/AED Certification
  • Child Protection Training
  • YMCA Early Learning Framework
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion training
  • Employment support - resume, cover letter and interview skills
  • Two practicums at one of our 55 childcare centres
  • Opportunities for up to $600 in completion bonuses
  • FREE 6-month YMCA Membership for participants
  • And much more!


  • September 13 - December 9, 2022
  • Tues - Friday, 9:30 - 3:30: YMCA workshops (held online via Zoom)
  • Saturdays: 9:30 - 1:30: Vancouver Community College ECEA course (held in person at the VCC Campus)


  • Between 18-29 years old
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Unemployed or precariously Employed (less than 20 hours per week)

Please keep in mind this program is offered by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. Participants must live in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland /Fraser Valley areas.


  1. Sign up for our Eventbrite information session, held on Mondays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 10am
  2. Application forms will be sent out to all who attend the information session. They can also be submitted through:
  3. If you are unable to attend the information session, please contact us at and an employment coach will contact you within 24 hours

Spots are limited, apply today!

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