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Workforce Development

Workforce Development is designed to improve outcomes for children by enhancing the workforce that serves children in Early Care and Education (ECE) settings. First 5 LA funds programs that seek to improve the diversity, qualifications, quality of practice, retention and compensation of ECE providers. It also funds systems and institutions that train ECE providers.

  • CARES Plus
    CARES Plus (Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Education Standards) is a professional development program designed to increase the quality of early learning programs for children 0 to 5
  • ECE Career Development Policy Project
    The Early Care and Education (ECE) Career Development Policy Project was created to garner support from civic leaders and policymakers on policies related to the retention, compensation, or workplace conditions for the ECE workforce.
  • Families, Friends, and Neighbors
    The Families, Friends & Neighbors (FFN) program aims to enhance home-based providers' skills and knowledge regarding child development and child care.
  • ECE Workforce Consortium
    The Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Consortium is a multi-faceted collaboration among stakeholders across Los Angeles County to provide and improve available training and professional development to a wide spectrum of the current and potential ECE workforce.

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Inequality of Pay Plagues Early Childhood Education Professionals
For the last four years, Lysa Nguyen has had her hands full, teaching 24 Long Beach preschoolers the critical social, emotional and developmental...

Cross-Sector Professional Development Expands to Help More Children, Families
First 5 LA's P-5 Workforce Development Project, or P-5 WFD, is kicking off this month across Los Angeles County as part of a $2.6 million effort to...

80-Year-Old Teacher Makes the Grade
Back in the 1960s, Juana Guzm?n's tenure as a teacher in Cuba ended unexpectedly when she was sent to a labor camp. For three years she toiled...

The Importance of Early Childhood Education
The city of Los Angeles and California as a whole stand to lose much of their competitiveness in the global market as a result of continued cuts and...

Evaluating Family, Friends and Neighbors Care
The majority of child care providers in First 5 LA's Family, Friends and Neighbors program are Latino females fluent in both English and Spanish...

ECEWorks!
Nearly 41,000 child care workers in licensed preschools, centers and homes contributed more than $1.7 billion last year to the Los Angeles County...

First 5 LA Joins Business Community in Launch to Strengthen Early Care and Education Industry
Child advocacy organization will team with L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA Forecast and the Los Angeles County...

CARES Plus/ASPIRE Stipend Program
Members of the Early Childhood Education workforce in Los Angeles County have a new opportunity to further their education and training - and earn...

First 5 LA ? LAUP Collaboration to Strengthen Early Childhood Education Workforce in L.A. County
First 5 LA has agreed to allocate $3 million to allow Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), which is primarily funded by First 5 LA, to continue...

Strategic Plan, Working Together: Workforce Development
The new strategic plan that will guide First 5 LA investments to 2015 includes multiple countywide strategies that will support our place-based...

Accountability for Early Childhood Programs
In the last few years, organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other 'venture philanthropists' have sounded a siren calling...

Early Care and Ed: L.A.'s 6th Fastest Growing Industry
Early Care and Education (ECE) is one of L.A. County's fastest growing industries, said a report by the Insight Center for Community Economic...

$15 Million Allocated for Recruiting and Training Preschool Teachers, Caregivers
To address the growing shortage of qualified early care and education professionals, First 5 LA has committed $15 million to a new initiative to train...
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