Workforce and Professional Development

State of the Early Learning Workforce

Over the last 30 years, there has been a growing demand for Early Care and Education (ECE) services – both in homes and in centers – for families of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The field of ECE has faced significant challenges in attracting and maintaining the skilled, diverse and stable workforce that’s needed to nurture our youngest children. Child360 joins friends and partners in support of increasing the opportunities for professional growth and compensation; and attracting more individuals to the early learning workforce.

Exceptional Populations Certification Program

As part of our continued efforts to expand and grow the early learning workforce, Child360 has included its Early Childhood Exceptional Populations Certification (EPC) program for a select number of young people starting out in the field. The effort was made possible by funding from the Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. Working with Los Angeles Community College District and Los Angeles City College, these students had the opportunity to enhance their approach towards supporting children from Exceptional Populations including those with developmental delays, severe emotional and behavioral needs, incarcerated parents, foster children, and other special circumstances.

Currently, we are seeking a consultant to further our implementation efforts in the expansion of our EPC program. A Request for Qualifications is located here.

Professional Development

Child360 offers a wide range of services that support your personal goals. Our Professional Development Specialists assist teachers and providers in actualizing high quality practices and increasing qualifications, which lead to elevated early learning experiences for our youngest learners.

Site-Level Support

  • Permit application clinics
  • Specialized workshops
  • Stipend resources

Individual Advisement

  • Individual professional development plan
  • Professional growth advisement
  • Professional portfolio development
  • Transcript review
  • Stipend advisement
  • Eligibility for LA County ECE Stipend Programs

If you are a provider or educator and would like to learn more about how to take advantage of Child360 services for Professional Development, please contact 213.416.1943 or

Early educators’ skills, knowledge, and well-being are inseparable from the quality of children’s early learning experiences.
Marcy Whitebook - Director of Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (2016)