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.


Quality Start Los Angeles Stipend Program

Applications are now open and will be available until August 31, 2019.  Please download your applications below:

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ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Work for pay in a licensed Child Care Facility (Center or Family Child Care Home), or public school-based facility that is in contract with Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA)
  • Work at a site that does not have a California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contract*
  • Work at least 15 hours a week directly teaching or caring for children ages birth through five
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Be planning to complete a minimum of 3 units of coursework towards a Child Development permit or ECE degree or related field (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020)

*Centers with CSPP or FCCs with at least 51% CDE subsidized children may be eligible for Office for the Advancement of Early Care & Education, Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program.  Please call (213) 639-6202 or visit https://childcare.lacounty.gov/child-care-early-educators-stipend/  for more information.

Current stipend participants (FY 18/19) :

If you are a current stipend participant, please download your verification packet:

English / Spanish

Participants may fax or email verifications packet to 213.416.1319 (ATTN:QSLA Stipend Program) or workforcedevelopment2@child360.org


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 workforcedevelopment2@child360.org.


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)