Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS)
To advance the rigorous professional development and economic well-being of the Early Care and Education workforce so that children reap the full benefits of early learning and care experiences.
• Program Development & Dissemination
• Advocacy & Systems Change
• Field Building
Program Development & Dissemination
ECEPTS apprenticeships represent state-of-the-art, replicable models that uniquely address the professional development needs of the ECE workforce by integrating on-the-job training, coaching, no-cost college coursework, cohort learning, and increased compensation.
- Early Educator Apprenticeship
Counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Joaquin, San Mateo
- Family Child Care Apprenticeship
Counties: San Bernardino, San Joaquin
- Home Visitor Apprenticeship
Counties: Los Angeles (Antelope Valley)
- Youth Apprenticeship in Careers with Children & Families
Counties: Alameda, Los Angeles (Antelope Valley), San Joaquin
Advocacy & Systems Change
- Support efforts to reform California’s provider reimbursement rate system. More training and experience should mean more compensation.
- Ensure the professional development of Transitional Kindergarten teachers.
- Create a pathway to a bachelor’s degree that is affordable, accessible, and responsive to the needs, strengths, and challenges facing the ECE workforce.
- Support higher education initiatives, such as creation of an ECE teaching credential and revision of the California CTC’s Child Development Permit Matrix.
Public Awareness and Political Will
- Engage local, state, and federal partners to create a coalition of stakeholders invested in the professional development, economic well-being, and advancement of the ECE workforce.
- Seek opportunities to maximize public and philanthropic investment in apprenticeship and ECE professional development.
- For additional information, see Resources
Why ECEPTS? Why Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a respected, tried-and-true approach to training low-income job seekers and placing them on sustainable career pathways while supplying employers with workers who can meet their precise workforce needs.
Building on the apprenticeship tradition, ECEPTS Apprenticeships represent state-of-the-art, replicable models that uniquely address the needs of the ECE workforce by integrating on-the-job training, coaching, no-cost college coursework, cohort learning and increased compensation.
Almost entirely female and in the majority women of color, the ECE workforce includes significant numbers of recent immigrants, working mothers, and first-generation college students who face challenges and barriers to success common among non-traditional students and workers.
To ameliorate these challenges, ECEPTS Apprenticeships incorporate research-based supports that result in consistently high rates of program completion.
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ECEPTS Conference 2021
Thanks to the many folks – from California and around the country – who joined us for our second annual ECEPTS Conference, “Expanding Apprenticeships 2.0.”