Financial Resources for ECE students
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|ASPIRE Stipend Program
What is ASPIRE?
ASPIRE is a new statewide First 5 CA professional development program for Working early childhood educators, also known as CARES Plus. Participants will complete a free on-line training regarding the CLASS observation tool, academic and career advisement, and 3-6 semester units of coursework. By doing so, they can earn a stipend of at least $1,000 in August 2012 (Private and Federal funded Programs)
Currently taking applications
Note: When completing the application you will be asked the question “who referred?” Check the SMC-ESP box
LA County Stipend Program
The Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program, funded by the California Department of Education/Child Development Division (CDE/CDD) and developed by the County of Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee, is designed to increase the retention and academic preparedness of early educators working in child development programs – centers and family child care homes – in which most of the children are subsidized by the State.
Teachers must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for a stipend:
1. Work in a CDE/CDD-contracted child development center or participate in a CDE/CDD-contracted Family Child Care Home Education Network, OR
Work in a licensed center or family child care home in which the majority (51% or more) of the children receive a child care subsidy from the CDE/CDD at the time the application is submitted; AND
2. Work directly teaching children as a teacher, teacher/director (those with dual roles), teacher aide/assistant, or substitute in the classroom on a consistent and continual basis at least 15 to 20 hours per week depending on program type and job title; AND
3. If working in a center, maintain employment at any eligible child development program located in Los Angeles County for at least one year during the Stipend Program cycle, which typically runs from July 1st through June 30th.
For family child care homes, have been licensed and operating for one year in Los Angeles County or been employed in a family child care home located in Los Angeles County for one year during the Stipend Program cycle.
4. Hold a Child Development Permit awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). An applicant with a pending Child Development Permit at the time of verification will not be eligible for a stipend
Currently taking applications
Early Start Pathway- ESP Overall Project Description:
ESP works with local high schools and National University to develop a career pipeline in early care and education that meets the current and future ECE workforce needs. This pipeline will help provide a clear pathway to a BA in ECE.
Program Services and Activities:
• Dedicated Education Counselor to assist SMC ECE students in understanding the requirements needed to earn a certificate, AA degree as well as provide needed information pertaining to transfer.
• Faculty Lead tutoring/mentoring
• Peer mentoring and tutoring
• Teacher Resource Room
• Professional Development opportunities
• Financial assistance for books and school materials
• Assistance with applying for a Child Development Permit
• Central location to find ECE related information
• Provide Information concerning other financial assistant opportunities
Not taking applications at this time