Project ACCESS: Advancing Child Care Education and Student Success

Are you interested in a career working with children and helping to develop the minds of our future leaders?  Is English your second language and do you wish to improve your English reading, writing and speaking skills?  Then Project ACCESS may be just for you.

Project ACCESS is a collaborative project between Diablo Valley College and Mt. Diablo Adult Education. It provides training, career and other support services for non-native speakers of English who want to enter and advance in the early childhood education (ECE) field.

Students take one English as a Second Language (ESL) class and one Early Childhood Education (ECE) class per term. It is recommended that students complete assessment through the ESL placement test into ESL-086-High Intermediate Reading Comprehension and ESL-088-High Intermediate Writing.  The following sequence of linked courses are taken together:

Courses Term
ECE-123 and ESL-111 Spring 2019
ECE-130 and ESL-113 Fall 2019
ECE-125 and ESL-112 Spring 2020
ECE-124 and ESL-110 Fall 2020


The classes are taught in the evening to allow students to work and go to school.

Additional information about Early Childhood Education certificate and degree programs.

Basic information about Project ACCESS:

  • a Bridge Program from Mt. Diablo Adult Education ESL Program to Diablo Valley College prepares students for college level ECE and ESL courses
    • Summer Bridge Orientation at DVC provides a transition for adult school students who will be registering for college classes for the Fall term.
  • students earn associate teacher certificate
  • tuition assistance may be available for students qualifying for a Board of Governors Waiver
  • textbook loans are provided

Project ACCESS program goals and benefits:

  • provides access for ESL students to achieve certification in the early childhood education field
  • increases student success through linked curriculum
  • increases students’ confidence and employability

Requirements for Project ACCESS program:

  • register for ESL and ECE linked courses after ESL placement is confirmed

Project ACCESS career support:

Our college staff will work with you to define your career goals and the necessary steps towards employment preparation in the following ways:

Students who are employed in early care programs are eligible for additional supports.

Next steps to enroll in Project ACCESS:

To learn how to enroll or for more information contact:

Sue Handy, Early Childhood Education Advisor/Professional Development Coordinator
Diablo Valley College


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