ECE Student Career and Education Program

This program is available to fund specific educational costs at 105 community colleges throughout California. Access to this program is available to eligible students who are pursuing careers in child care/development through the CDTC Campus Coordinator designated at each of the colleges.

Each CDTC member community college works with a local advisory committee to develop plans for the use of CDTC funds. Therefore, the use of CDTC funding can vary from college to college.

CDTC funds are commonly used for the following purposes:

  • Reimbursing students for enrollment fees, tuition, and/or textbooks;
  • Establishing a lending library of textbooks and other resources for use by eligible students;
  • Paying the costs (instructor salary and fringe benefits) of providing classes that the college will not fund out of its general fund;
  • Paying for tutorial assistance and/or translation services.
  • Program Eligibility

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the CDTC ECE Student Career and Education Program:

  1. Students must be seeking a new or maintaining a currently held Child Development Permit.
  2. At the time of enrollment, the student must be employed by a child care/development program, including licensed family child care and out-of-school care. Center based programs must be licensed or eligible for an exemption according to Department of Social Services (DSS) regulations. Employment in a kindergarten is also acceptable.
  3. Student employment must directly benefit children and/or families. The employment experience must be acceptable to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for purposes of obtaining a Child Development Permit, even if experience is not required for the permit.
  4. Student must work in the state of California.

Note: In-home care providers (nannies) are not eligible. Unlicensed, exempt, home-based child care providers (individuals) are not eligible.