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Starting a Career Working with Kids

One of Jay’s earliest memories is playing with the kids in his mother’s preschool classroom. All the kids would run over to hug him and play with him. “I held on to that good memory and when I was older, I started working with kids myself,” says Jay, who has been working with children since he was 15 years old.  

“I have always been passionate about working with kids,” he explains. “Kids are so smart and perceptive, and you can have a real impact on their lives, even at a young age.” Jay took some classes at UMass Boston, but he was not sure what his focus should be. Then he heard about the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Training Program and decided to apply. The Program is offered by the Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC) and the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood.

Now Jay is an intern in a preschool classroom and is in the process of earning his Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential. “You can always read and write about child development, but it’s the hands-on experience of working with children that shows what it is really like to be a teacher,” said Jay.  At the end of June, Jay will be teacher certified in Massachusetts and ready to start his career as a professional educator.

Jay wants to get experience working in a school setting. "As a Black man, I believe I can make a difference as a teacher, whether it’s impacting one child or many. All children benefit from good teachers," Jay explains. His long-term goal is to open his own preschool so he can have a leadership role designing curriculum and planning activities. 

Do you want to start a career as an early childhood educator? The next ECE Career Training Program starts in October.

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Early Childhood Education Career Training Program

A program providing training and job experience to people who want to launch a career as an early childhood educator. The next program starts in October. Application deadline is August 30, 2024.

Sign up for an information session:

  • Monday, May 13, 3 - 4 p.m. Online
  • Tuesday, May 21, 5 - 6 p.m. at 286 Rindge Ave.
  • Thursday, May 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Online
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Bridge to College Program

A program to help adult learners prepare for college level classes. Students take classes at CLC and earn college credits at Bunker Hill Community College. The next program starts in September.

Sign up for an information session:

  • Thursday, May 9, 6 - 7 p.m. at 5 Western Ave.
  • Friday, May 17, 12 - 1 p.m. Online
  • Thursday, May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 5 Western Ave.
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CNA Training Program for English Language Learners

A training program to help ESOL students become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and start a career as a health professional. Students are enrolled at CLC and the Labouré College of Healthcare. The next program starts in September.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Monday, May 13, 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13, 4 - 5 p.m.
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High School Equivalency Credential Program

Prep classes to help adults take the high school equivalency test (HiSET or GED) to earn the high school equivalency (HSE) credential. Classes meet from 6:15 - 9:15 p.m. two or three times a week.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4, 6 - 8 p.m.
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English (ESOL) Program

Classes for adults who want to improve their English. Classes meet from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or from 6:15 - 9:15 p.m. two or three times a week. There are basic to intermediate level classes.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Friday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 18, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
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Join Our Team

Want to work at the CLC? We are looking for part-time teachers to teach English and reading and math teachers for the high school equivalency program. CLC staff are committed, talented, and hardworking. Our work is guided by the CLC’s mission to help adult learners transform their lives.

We are also looking for volunteers! People volunteer as class aides and tutors. If you are interested, you can fill out this interest form.

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The Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC) seeks to empower a diverse community of adult learners to transform their lives and realize their potential through education, skills development, and community participation. CLC is a division of the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP). It is also a part of Public Adult Education of Massachusetts.

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