About the program

Why take the Work-Study Program?

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There's an urgent need for qualified educators in Quebec!

For several years, Quebec has faced a shortage of qualified workers in the early childhood education sector.

Early childhood educators have expertise that is essential to any society that promotes equal opportunities. It plays an important role in the emotional, motor, social, cognitive and language development of the adults of tomorrow. It also allows all parents to return to work peacefully after parental leave.

These factors led to the establishment of a national training program promoting both the recruitment and qualification of early childhood educators: the Early Childhood Work-Study Program.

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Who leads the Early Childhood Work-Study Program?

The Early Childhood Work-Study Program is a short-term national program that promotes work-study internships in priority professions (COUD). This project is led by the Comité sectoriel de la main d'œuvre en économie sociale et action communautaire (CSMO-ÉSAC) with the financial support of the Government of Quebec.

Its deployment is led by a committee on which the following organizations (A-Z) sit:

- Association des garderies non subventionnées en installation (AGNSI)

- Association des garderies privées du Québec (AGPQ)

- Association québécoise des CPE (AQCPE)

- Coalition des Garderies Privées non subventionnées du Québec

- Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre économie sociale / action communautaire

- Conseil québécois des services de garde éducatifs à l’enfance (CQSEPE)

- Fédération des cégeps

- Intersyndical (FIPEQ- CSQ/ SQEES-FTQ/ FSSS-CSN)

- Ministère de la Famille

- Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur

- Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration

- Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

- Rassemblement des garderies privées du Québec (RGPQ)

The Program aims to train more than 2,400 early childhood educators by 2024.

What are the specific objectives of the Program?

  • In the short term, the Program allows educational childcare services to benefit from apprenticeship educators for replacements (2 days/week). This workforce is supervised by training offered in CÉGEPs.
  • In the medium term, qualified educators will become competent successors available full-time in educational settings.
  • In the long term, all hours worked within the framework of the Program will be cumulated with the hours of relevant experience in order to obtain the qualification.

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