SF SEED (San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees) is a fiscal incentive program for early child educators as they advance toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, as well as professional development within their current place of employment. SF SEED stipends are geared towards individuals who work at least 15 hours in a licensed child care center-based or family child care program and attend a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning.

SF SEED is partnered with the Early Care & Workforce Registry where the SF SEED stipend application is based online at www.caregistry.org.


The Foundations program provides free College Success Workshops for Early Childhood staff who work in licensed childcare programs and centers and who are interested in obtaining their BA degree. The program provides workshops designed to improve English and Math competencies and build confidence and skills so that staff can enroll in unit-bearing coursework after completing the program. Foundations participants receive individualized case management, college counseling, placement test prep, and college prep workshops that prepare them to be successful students while working towards their degrees.

Metro Early Childhood Academy

The Metro Early Childhood Academy was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro Academy is collaboration between City College of San Francisco Child and Family Development Department and the Child and Adolescent Development Department at SF State. Metro gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring. At the core of Metro Academy is a learning community made up of two linked courses each semester, pairing a general education course and a Metro Child Development course. After completing the Metro program students are prepared to continue taking courses for completion of their major requirements with the necessarily skills for college success.

PATH SFSU: BA Completion Program

Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) is an initiative aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education in the City of San Francisco by supporting the current workforce participants in obtaining their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development. PATH hopes to eliminate many of the challenges and barriers for early childhood education to graduate a four-year institute. PATH ensures that students’ needs are met by guaranteeing seats in child and adolescent development courses in a structured pathway. Following this pathway will ensure a timely graduation from San Francisco State University. This program provides students with personalized support for college success. PATH includes the Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development (Lower Division) and PATH Upper Division.

Go to EDvance at SFSU for more information