The Gateways for Early EducatorsTM Program is a multi-component Los Angeles countywide workforce development program focusing on best practices, career development and educational advancement. This professional training series, funded by First 5 Los Angeles and administered by Los Angeles Universal Preschool as part of the Los Angeles Early Care and Education Workforce Consortium, provides high quality career coaching to licensed and license-exempt Early Care and Education child care providers.
- Career coaching helps child care providers set and accomplish professional goals including, but not limited to, obtaining a child development permit and pursuing their educational goals.
- Quality coaching assists family child care providers in evaluating and improving the quality of care in their facility. The coach is available for one-on-one site visits.
- The Gateways Passport gives child care providers a chance to complete required trainings in designated core areas. Once the required 40 hours are completed, participants receive the Karen Kay Award of Achievement and are invited to attend the awards ceremony.
CCRC’s program evaluation showed coaching positively impacted participant knowledge and practice. The greatest areas of change were seen in educators’ ability to enhance children’s knowledge and literacy, as well as their math development.
“This program is especially important because of its reach,” said CCRC’s Research & Evaluation Manager, Olivia Pillado, M.A. "During the 2014-2015 program year, 1,203 early childhood educators received individualized coaching to support them in their career development pathways and in increasing the quality of their child care environment." “Participation in this coaching and professional development program is a great way for child care providers to promote their business and up their game as far as quality goes.” added Pillado.
Across Los Angeles County, 4,299 early childhood educators received training through Gateways for Early Educators Program and Choose Health LA Child Care, a nutrition and physical activity training and coaching program funded by First 5 Los Angeles and administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
"My Gateways coach inspired me to pursure higher education and develop marketing skills, As of today, I'm 24 units from my BS in Child Development and currently teaching at a preschool." Gateways Participant
Check out CCRC's training calendar for training dates and times. For more information about Gateways, contact us at (818) 717-1000 for San Fernando Valley or (661) 789-1200 for Antelope Valley.