What is the Early Childhood Education Professional Development Program at DVC?

The ECE Professional Development Program, with funding from First 5 Contra Costa and the Child Development Training Consortium, provides academic and financial support to ECE students who work with children age 0-5 in licensed/license exempt early care and education programs. If you are working towards a Child Development Teacher Permit, an Associate Degree in ECE or BA transfer requirements, there are services available at DVC.

First 5 Contra Costa also offers financial rewards and incentives to early care providers who achieve higher levels of education!

What services are available at DVC?

Academic support services include individual advising and educational planning, Child Development Permit application assistance, tuition stipends and ECE textbook loans.

Applications for services are available by contacting the ECE Professional Development Office and by submitting a 2021-2022 ECE PDP Service Request.

How can I find out more about the program services?

The Professional Development Program office is located in ECS 202 on the second level of the DVC Early Childhood South Building. For the 21-22 school year, the staff is working remotely and can be reached by email at DVCECEPDP@dvc.edu for information and to request services and appointments. Program information handouts and application forms are available in display boxes outside the office door. 

What are the First 5 financial benefits and how do I qualify?

First 5 offers rewards for completing coursework towards the Child Development Teacher Permit and the DVC Associate of Science in ECE Degree. PDP Benefits are awarded based on annual priorities for employment location and employer type. Recipients must be employed for at least 6 months in a licensed/license exempt early care and education program/family child care home, with children age 0-5, at least 15 hours weekly.

How do I apply for First 5 financial benefits?

Applications for the 21-22 program will be accepted until January 15, 2022 and can be accessed online at the Quality Child Care Matters website.

What other financial assistance is available to ECE students?

Students employed in any licensed/license exempt childcare program for children age 0-12 can apply for a tuition stipend from our Child Development Training Consortium grant. Information is distributed at the beginning of each term in ECE classes and applications are available at the PDP office and at www.childdevelopment.org.

What are the requirements to obtain a California Child Development Permit?

The Child Development Permit Matrix lists the educational and experience requirements to receive all the levels of the Child Development Permit. Application details and forms are available by contacting the ECE Professional Development office by email at DVCECEPDP@dvc.edu.

How do I get started on the pathway to become an Early Childhood Educator?

The 2021-2022 ECE Certificate and Degree Program Student Handbook outlines all the requirements and suggested steps to accomplish your goals. Printed copies are available outside the PDP office or can be mailed.