We are excited to share that Boeing has awarded Tacoma Community House $91,000 to begin the Childhood Early Education Resource project, or CHEER, a program designed to help refugees and immigrants become certified childcare workers!
According to Childcare Aware, children of refugees and immigrants now account for 25% of U.S. children under the age of 6. Creating a more culturally- and linguistically-diverse childcare workforce will better reflect the real-life families and children utilizing their services.
So, how will the program work? CHEER participants will work to earn a childcare (STARS) certificate and receive training in entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
In the short term, CHEER will provide a pathway for participants to enter the childcare workforce immediately. In the long term, our hope is that entrepreneurial workshops will inspire and begin preparing participants to start businesses of their own!
Boeing has been an invaluable partner in our mission to help South Sound residents build satisfying careers. From providing the funds to get our Nursing Assistant Certification program (“Project Nightingale”) off the ground, to this astounding $91,000 contribution to CHEER, we cannot thank Boeing enough for their support!
CHEER will be launching next year. Please visit our website in the coming months for more information!