There is support out there for child care staff who wish to further their education in the field.
Some communities offer resources for childcare providers, including the city of Sunnyvale.
4C’s (Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County) offers assistance to daycare providers who would like to become licensed. Learn more about the Child Care Initiative Project, which recruits and trains Santa Clara County daycare providers.
The CARES Plus program is based on research that says when caregivers are well educated and trained, the children they teach are more successful in school and in life. Research also indicates that many qualified and caring teachers leave the field because pay and incentives are low.
CARES Plus stipends are offered to encourage childcare teachers and workers at all levels to increase their education and stay in the field.
Many local community colleges offer courses, certification, A.A. and B.A. degrees in early childhood development & education. Listed below are links to their child development division websites:
- De Anza College (Cupertino)
- Foothill College (Los Altos)
- Gavilan College (Gilroy)
- Mission College (Santa Clara)
- National Hispanic University (San Jose)
- San Jose State University (San Jose)
- West Valley College (Saratoga)
The Child Development Training Consortium has information about getting funding for the expenses of child development students at community colleges, schedules of non-traditional classes (i.e. online, short courses, video courses), and career incentive grants.
The California Preschool Online Learning Center offers lowcost online courses which can be taken either for academic credit to complete your BA / BA or MA / MS degree, or for continuing education credit, which may help with salary increases at your childcare job. Offered through Sonoma State Extended Education.
You can become an accredited family child care provider through the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Accreditation identifies you as a provider of high quality child care; which is reassuring to potential client families. You can also take an online course through NAFCC, “Introduction to Family Child Care.” Forty-five hours long, it counts toward NAFCC accreditation, and is priced at $99.
Choices for Children provides important services to child care providers; including training classes, a stipend program to encourage early childhood education, and a Childcare Food Program which provides cash reimbursement to child care facilities for serving nutritious meals and snacks to enrolled children.
Beginning Together, a collaboration between the California Department of Education and the WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies, offers training events and listings of regional activities for providers who are or would like to care for infants and toddlers with disabilities and special needs.