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Current Opportunities

See below for open or upcoming opportunities for child care providers. 

CDTC Offering Stipend to Cover Child Development Permit Application Fee

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The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC), which provides services and support to students and professionals working with young children, offers a Permit Stipend Program where it covers the child development permit application fee for eligible applicants. Covered application fees include those for first time permits, permit upgrades, and renewals. Learn more about the program on the English or Spanish flyer and apply here (Click the white “Apply Now” button on the photo banner).

AP/OD Grant to Facilitate Evidence-Based Parent Program

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As part of Abierto Puertas/Opening Doors’s (AP/OD) LA County Prenatal-3 Initiative, AP/OD is offering a grant to build the capacity of family-serving organizations in LA County to support the well-being of parents and their children. The grant, valued at $9,000, provides organizations with the training, materials, and technical assistance to implement AP/OD’s evidence-based parent leadership program.

Read AP/OD’s grant overview to learn more about the opportunity, including participation requirements and how to apply. Please note that while the deadline to apply was January 22, 2024, AP/OD is still accepting new applications.

Health Care and Training Benefits for Providers

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Child Care Providers United (CCPU) is a union of over 40,000 home-based (family child care and family, friend, and neighbor care) child care providers in California working in partnership with parents, early childhood education advocates and state legislators to fix the state’s child care crisis and improve the profession and the quality of care. Their 2023 contract with the State includes a first-in-the-nation retirement fund, health care reimbursement fund and professional development opportunities for providers.

Health Care Reimbursement
CCPU’s Health Care Reimbursement Fund has $100 million to help home-based child care providers pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses including prescription drugs, co-pays, deductibles and monthly premiums. Eligible providers must be enrolled in a qualifying health insurance plan and be serving at least one child receiving child care subsidies. Click here to apply and find contact information or review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more.

Development Opportunities
CCPU’s Training Fund provides tuition assistance (up to $5,000 each year) and high-quality workshops that support home-based child care providers in pursuing ongoing education and professional development. Opportunities also include a paid peer-to-peer mentorship program. Eligible providers must serve at least one child receiving child care subsidies. Click here to learn more about the Training Fund and register for learning opportunities.

Become an Associate Teacher through UCLAExtension

UCLA Career Bridge

Earn an Early Childhood Education-Associate Teacher Certificate at low or no cost through the UCLAxCareerBridge Initiative! The ECE Associate Teacher Program prepares individuals to become an Associate Teacher in a preschool
or child care setting for children ages 0–5. After completing this 12-month, part-time program, participants will be eligible to apply for an Associate Teacher Child Development Permit through the State of CA. The first cohort will be offered fully in Spanish for Spanish-speaking students.

To qualify for the program, you must:

  • Be a resident of the State of California.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications: High school diploma/GED, eligibility to work in the U.S., and comfort with basic computer functions.
  • Attend an information session and the student orientation.
  • Complete the prerequisite course.

Those with financial need will be given priority.  For more information, including about financial assistance, visit here. You can also email or call (310) 206-2560. To learn about other state and local stipends for ECE courses, visit here.

Assistant Teacher Pathway Programs

LACOE Assistance Teacher Pathway

In Spring 2024, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Head Start Early Learning Division’s Career Development Initiative will offer two Assistant Teacher Pathway Programs. These programs support participants
to earn their associate teacher permit through online college coursework and become assistant teachers working in early childhood education settings.

See the flyer for more information. Complete the Career Development Initiative Pathway Interest Form today to be invited to a virtual information session.

Get Free Virtual Behavioral Health Services Today!

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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has launched the Behavioral Health Virtual Services Platform, which offers free web- and app-based behavioral health services, including care navigation, moderated peer communities, and crisis and safety resources. The platform has two web- and app-based applications: Brightlife Kids, for parents or caregivers of children ages 0-12, and Soluna, for teens and young adults ages 13-25.

Brightlife Kids offers behavioral health coaching for parents, caregivers, and kids. Learn how to build non-verbal communication skills, navigate milestones, teach toddlers how to share, manage separation anxiety, and more.

Services are cost-free and do not require insurance or referrals. To learn more and download the app, visit CalHOPE.

Get Free Business Support Through the Open Air Economy Collaborative!

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The Open Air Economy Collaborative provides holistic business supports such as micro-loans, business coaching, legal assistance, and financial education to Black and Latina women micro-entrepreneurs working to formalize and sustain their small businesses in Los Angeles. These integrated services support micro-entrepreneurs, like family child care providers, to build and grow strong businesses.

To learn more about the Open Air Collaborative, visit their website.

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