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 all children can reap the full benefits of their early learning and care experiences.
• Program Development & Dissemination
• Systems Change
• Field Building
Program Development & Dissemination
Our 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, 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
- Support efforts to reform California’s provider reimbursement rate system. More training and experience should mean more compensation.
- Support efforts to advance and uplift the ECE workforce, especially in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Create a pathway to a bachelor’s degree that is affordable, accessible, and responsive to the needs and challenges of 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
- Support engagement of local, state, and federal partners to create a coalition of stakeholders invested in the professional development and economic well-being of the ECE workforce, especially in the face of COVID-19.
- Seek opportunities to maximize governmental 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.
Expanding Apprenticeships 2.0
Thanks to the many folks – from California and around the country – who joined us for our second annual ECEPTS Conference, “Expanding Apprenticeships 2.0.”
Despite the challenges of a virtual format, feedback from the participants confirms that the conference was engaging, informative, and thought-provoking. We look forward to continuing to work together to build a broad-based coalition focused on advancing the rigorous professional development and economic well-being of the ECE workforce and related sectors (i.e., home visitation, human/social services, education).
Recordings of the conference sessions will be available on our website in the next few weeks. Please feel free to watch and to encourage others to do the same.