Child Development Training Consortium

Administered through the Yosemite Community college District, the Child Development Training consortium is a program funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDE/CDD) with Federal Block Grant Child Care and Development Quality Improvement Funds. The program was created to address the critical shortage of qualified child care workers in the state of California. The demand for qualified workers continues to grow.

To be eligible for reimbursement, you must be employed in California by an eligible child care program and work directly with young children and families, and be seeking a new or maintaining a currently held Child Development Permit. In attending classes in the Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College, you must complete a Participant Profile and submit it to the Consortium Coordinator in the ECE Department. You will be reimbursed according to the local campus' reimbursement policies. Funding is limited.

Fall Semester 2019

      Students enrolled in ECE courses that will eventually qualify students for a Child Development Permit and who are employed in Child Development Centers should apply for tuition reimbursement.  This semester the reimbursement rate is $18 per unit for all college level courses except ESL and PE., regardless of financial aid.   Complete the participant profile, the Confidential Profile for Direct Service Participants, plus one type of evaluation (either online or paper copy).  Participant profiles may be completed online except for signatures of your supervisor and coordinator.  Students complete sections A and B.  Supervisors complete section C.  Return the printed form to your ECE instructor or Devona Hawkins (ECOC 2 - 1) by Friday, September 30 and we will complete Section D. 

Forms are available in traditional classes or in an email from your instructor.

For more information, contact Devona Hawkins at



Early Childhood Mentor Program

Santa Barbara City College through the Early Childhood Education Department is a member of the largest mentoring program for child care professionals in the United States and one that links improved compensation with the Mentor's professional development. Founded in 1988, the Early Childhood Mentor Program has provided advanced training for experienced child care workers who wish to become Mentors to new practitioners. Following the completion of an initial course in mentoring, interested candidates make a formal application to the local Mentor Selection Committee. Selection is based on professional qualifications and a quality review of the candidate's classroom. Those who are selected as Mentors are paid stipends for continuing in-service training and for the supervision of student teachers who are assigned to the Mentors' classrooms. Those who are selected as Director Mentors are paid stipends for guiding and offering practical help to less experienced ("protege") directors or site supervisors.

For more information, contact Kathy King at

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