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YMCA Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) Online Program

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The FREE YMCA ECEA Program prepares Newcomers, Visible Minorities, and Francophone to start their career in Early Childhood Education

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Are you interested in starting a career in Early Childhood Education? Learn more and sign up for an info session!


The YMCA ECEA Program is a FREE online program for Newcomers, Visible Minorities and Francophones. Participants of this program develop the necessary skills and certification for jobs as Early Childhood Education Assistants for kids ages 2 to 5.


  • September 7 - December 3, 2021
  • Tues - Friday, 9:30 - 3:30: YMCA workshops (held online via Zoom)
  • Saturdays: 9:30 - 1:30: Vancouver Community College ECEA course (held online via Zoom)


  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate
  • 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
  • And much more!


  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Newcomer (within 10 years of landing) and/or Visible Minority or Francophones
  • Experiencing multiple barriers to employment
  • Living in Lower mainland, Fraser Valley or Sea to Sky region
  • Unemployed or precariously Employed (less than 20 hours per week)
  • Age 18 and up
  • Meet minimum English requirements (Grade 12 English, LINC Level 7, Pathways Level 7, or equivalents)

Sign up for an info session to learn more! Info sessions are held on:

  • Tuesdays at 11:00 AM
  • Thursdays at 2:00 PM

*Zoom link will be sent to the email you provided a day before the info session.

If you are not able to attend the info session times, fill out our Application Form at and an Employment Coach will contact you within 24 hours. If you have any questions you can also reach us at

Spots are limited, register today!

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