Family Child Care Providers Begin New Year with New Education Opportunities Thanks to $200,000 State Grant
Up to 60 licensed family child care providers (FCCs) who educate and care for children in southeast Los Angeles communities will have the opportunity to expand their own education thanks to a $200,000 grant awarded to the SEIU Early Educator Training Center (SETC) from the California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department. The grant, known as Workforce Accelerator Fund 6.0 (WAF), will allow SEIU’s Local 99 to offer an on-the-job training program from February 2018 through June 2019, to licensed FCC providers in low income urban communities in LA County.
SETC provides innovative workforce development training programs to early childhood educators across the state, making it possible for the women and men who shape the minds, early development and futures of young children to pursue no-cost college coursework in community-based settings and to receive coaching from veteran peers. These highly successful models are noteworthy in that they accommodate the schedules, work and family demands of early educators while supporting them to advance their education and further develop their professional skills and competencies.
“It is incredibly powerful for family child care providers to come together and learn in a professional, college-level setting, and we are thrilled that we get to expand our reach thanks to the WAF 6.0,” said Max Arias, leader of Local 99. “SEIU Local 99 is proud to play a leadership role in helping family childcare providers, who are primarily women of color, to build their self-confidence and expand their professional opportunities.”
“Continuing to take college classes has been a long-time goal for me, and I’m excited to be able to do so in a way that supports my commitment to care for children and serve families, while also providing for my own children and family,” said family child care provider and SEIU Local 99 member Julia Aponte from Downey, CA.
This is the fourth WAF grant SETC has received since 2015, signaling the state’s recognition of SETC programs as a solid investment in the early care and education workforce. FCC providers account for more than a third of the state’s early care and education workforce. The new grant will allow SETC to build on its track record of creating innovative, accessible professional development opportunities for early educators by supporting these workers who provide the lion’s share of infant and toddler care throughout California, and who make it possible for other parents to participate in the workforce, knowing their children are in the care of skilled, trained, competent providers