Mature African-American early childhood educator
Programs & Services

YWCA Discover

YWCA Discover is a free 46-week PBLMT Training Program for self-identified women, delivered by YWCA Metro Vancouver, YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island, Sprott Shaw College and WorkBC Centres. It will provide participants with the skills and competencies they need for a career as an ECE, in line with industry standards.

  • Develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development
  • Learn to observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development
  • Upon graduation, be eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Education Basic certification from the Ministry of Education and Child Care
  • Be provided with a variety of practicum placements. This experience within a licensed child care setting enables the practicum supervisor to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field

This training is provided in partnership with Sprott Shaw College, which is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).

The next cohort is provided in partnership with YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island.

  • 19+ years of age (priority will be given to self-identifying women and immigrants)
  • Currently on EI OR had an EI claim in the last five years OR earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least five of the last 10 years OR A British Columbia Employment and Assistance Client (BCEA)
  • A current resident of the Metro Vancouver or Greater Victoria area and possess either a Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or Refugee with a protected person status
  • Must have a clear Criminal Record Check 
  • May be eligible to receive up to $638 weekly in living supports

Further criteria apply. Please note that all applications must come through a WorkBC Centre.


Training will be provided virtually by Sprott Shaw College and YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island.


Recruitment for the September 2023 intake has concluded. For further inquiries, please email


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YWCA Discover
604 335 1431 |
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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