The IRC in New York’s POWER (Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Resilience) program has completed its second training for women interested in careers in childcare! The program focuses on developing women’s existing professional skills related to childcare while exposing program participants to more formalized childhood development and education theory. 

Participants receive several certifications through the program, including Mandated reporter certification (which discusses indicators of child abuse, ensuring child well-being, and methods of reported suspected abuse) and Pediatric and Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED certification through the American Red Cross. In addition to vocation related training, participants receive courses in financial literacy and have access to one-on-one coaching. Through these classes, the program aims to assist women to develop their knowledge, allowing them to take a more direct role in the management of their household’s finances. Participants in the childcare chose classes in budgeting, credit building, and taxes. 

POWER participants learning
Photo: Maria Sigalas

Participants in this training can apply for a variety of childcare related positions such as a nanny, daycare assistant, teacher aide, paraprofessional, home childcare provider, and teacher assistant. As participants complete their training, POWER staff will support them through interviews and seeking employment opportunities that meet their skills and interest!

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