Scholarships for Early Childhood Education
Sierra College participates in a special statewide grant program for students who are currently employed in licensed early child care (ECE) programs. This project is funded by the California Department of Education and is aimed at preparing more teachers to work in the early childhood education field. Through this program students can:
receive an educational stipend, and
academic supplies such as flash drives, and
parking passes for semester use
The stipend money may vary in its amount from semester to semester depending on the number of students enrolled in the program. Returning students &/or first time students who complete the CDTC paperwork and turn it in early may receive academic supplies such as a flash drive and a semester parking pass.
To be eligible for this program, students must be taking courses at Sierra College that count towards a Child Development Permit (this includes classes in the ECE program/ Human Development & Family Department &/or any General Education course), and they must be employed in a licensed child care and development program. These would include a preschool, child care center, and a family child care home.
Students must complete a packet of forms for each semester that they meet the qualifications. These forms are available from the CDTC Campus Coordinator.
Stipends are generated after grades have been checked at the end of the semester and are mailed to the students' home address provided on their CDTC form. Checks are usually received about one month after the end of the semester. If you have any questions about the Child Development Training Consortium program, please feel free to contact:
Lori Kearney-Capaul, CDTC Coordinator Sierra College
Professional Development Resources
The California Department of Education (CDE), Child Development Division (CDD) has established the Desired Results System to improve program quality in early care and education programs across the state.
The CTC website provides up-to-date information on Child Development Permits as well as other California teaching credentials. Application information and documents, online renewal process, and credential searches are available.
CDTC provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. Services include processing of available funds for Child Development Permit Applications and reimbursements of fingerprinting fees. Resources include Child Development Permit Applications, Professional Growth Manual, Curriculum Alignment Project, and Competencies Integration Project.
California Early Childhood Online (CECO) - Fee-based and online training modules:
CA Department of Education Early Learning and Development Foundations and Frameworks
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) trainings
Environmental Rating Scales (ERS)
The R’s of Childhood
Healthy and Active Preschoolers
Implementing The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework
Online Training Resources