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. LAUP joins friends and partners in support of increasing the opportunities for professional growth and compensation; and attracting more individuals to the early learning workforce.
Applications will be accepted through September 17, 2017 or until the program has reached capacity. Click here to apply
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, 2017– June 30, 2018)
*Centers with CSPP or FCCs with at least 51% CDE subsidized children may be eligible for Los Angeles County Office of Child Care, Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program. Please call (213) 974-4674 or visit http://ceo.lacounty.gov/ccp/iieesp_prepare.htm for more information.
Partnerships & Initiatives
As part of our continued efforts to expand and grow the early learning workforce, LAUP has included its Early Childhood Exceptional Populations Certificate 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.
In addition, LAUP has been part of the greater conversation with the external workforce development efforts of LA County. We are strategically aligning our work with the Los Angeles Early Care and Educations Workforce Consortium and forging new partnerships to align with current and emerging strategies for increasing qualifications and quality in early education settings. To read more about our external workforce efforts, click here.
LAUP 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.
- Permit application clinics
- Specialized workshops
- Stipend resources
- Individual professional development plan
- Professional growth advisement
- Professional portfolio development
- Transcript review
- Stipend advisement
- Eligibility for LA County ECE Stipend Programs
Dedicated teachers like you are the foundation for high quality classroom environments! For an in depth look at our Workforce and Professional Development Services, please click on the below brochure: