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|Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program||Workforce||Apprenticeships||
In 2017, the Southern New Hampshire Services and Department of Labor Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (ECAP) was established. Combining classroom instruction and work experience, the apprenticeship program hopes to increase the apprentice’s skill level and wages while enhancing the quality of care. ECAP apprentices can obtain a Childcare Development Specialist Certificate from the Department of Labor and the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing and a credential to teach in a child care center. The program lasts 1.5 years, and participants earn college credit through Community College System of New Hampshire or Granite State College.Learn more: New Hampshire Connections
New Hampshire Connections. (n.d.). USDOL Early Childhood Registered Apprenticeship Program.
Southern New Hampshire Services. (n.d.). Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program.
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1,395,231 Source U.S. Census, 2022
41.7% Source U.S. Census, 2020
58.3% Source U.S. Census, 2020
Number of children age 0-4
62,292 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Poverty levels – children 0-8 below 200% poverty
23% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Median family income among households with children
$114,900.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
2.7% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022
Unemployment rate of parents
3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force
72% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children living in households with a high housing cost burden
24% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Child population by race and ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Race and Ethnicity
- American Indian and Alaska Native (0.49%)
- Asian (4%)
- Black or African American (3%)
- Hispanic or Latino (7%)
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.49%)
- Two or More Races (4%)
- White, not Hispanic or Latino (83%)
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Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 3-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (0%)
- 3-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (4%)
- Other/none (96%)
Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 4-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (0%)
- 4-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (4%)
- Other/none (96%)
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2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020
- Child care workers
- Preschool teachers
- Preschool or child care center directors
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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022
- Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($20.5)
- CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($21.3)
- CCDBG State Match ($4.3)
- CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($104.3)
- MIECHV ($3.0)
- IDEA Part C ($3.6)
- IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($2.4)
- TANF Early Learning and Care Expenditures ($4.6)
- Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five ($11.6)
The COVID Funding Cliff
All federal COVID relief allocations, including funding authorized by the CARES, CRRSE, and ARPA bills, must be fully spent by September 2024. An analysis from the Century Foundation shows this loss of funds could cause more than 3 million children to lose access to child care nationwide – including more than 11,000 children in New Hampshire.