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If you are aged 18 to 29 and love working with children, apply to our FREE 12-week program to become a certified Early Childhood Education Assistant!

Join the YMCA -- the largest child care provider in Canada -- and get the necessary skills, certification and the opportunity.

Program Features:

8,630 anticipated ECEA job openings in BC (2021-2031)
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate through Vancouver Community College
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR-C/AED Certification
  • Child Protection Training
  • YMCA Early Learning Framework
  • Employment support - resume, cover letter and interview skills
  • Two practicums at one of our 55 child care centres
  • Opportunities for up to $800 in completion bonuses


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"My goal when applying to be a part of the YMCA ECEA Training Program was to learn skills about the industry and receive my qualification to work in the field I’m passionate about. This program is so much more than that! Every workshop has been carefully selected to help you grow, not only as a future employee, but as a person. The Employment Coaches are incredible mentors who really care about everyone in the course. Everyone feels heard and respected - something you don’t always find these days! Thank you for all of the positive experiences!"

- 2021 ECEA Program Participant


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1 B.C. Labour Market Outlook: 2021 Edition