Southern California Program

California Community Colleges System

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2020

Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) is a fiscally sponsored project of the Foundation for California Community Colleges.  In 2019, a youth apprenticeship program was piloted in Oakland in the field of early care and education.  A Keck Foundation grant will support the adaptation of the model in the high-need, under-resourced Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County. The target occupations for the registered youth apprenticeship program will be early care and education (ECE) and the adjacent fields of human services and public health.  The project team is partnering with Antelope Valley College, Antelope Valley Union High School District, and several community-based organizations and public agencies to implement the program.  The apprenticeship will begin with a cohort of 25 high school juniors.  The students will complete four college courses during their junior and senior years in high school and will be placed in paid on-the-job training experiences during the summers.  Upon graduation from high school, the apprentices will have earned their California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, qualifying them for entry level positions at ECE programs. As well, graduates will be able to continue their apprenticeship through Antelope Valley College, earning an associate degree and completing roughly 1000 on-the-job training hours.  The youth apprenticeship will be registered with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the U. S. Department of Labor.  Funds will be used to support the project team, academic advisement, and on-the-job coaching.  Key outcomes such as eventual job placement and wages will be tracked to position the program for replication in other local, high-need communities.

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