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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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