Workforce Development

When early educators have the resources, support, and guidance they need to develop their professional skills, children in their care achieve more.

The Office of Early Care and Education (OECE), in partnership with others in San Francisco, provide supports to help early educators identify, track, and complete their professional development goals through coaching, training, and career development support.

ECE Workforce Registry

The California ECE Workforce Registry is a statewide effort designed to track and promote the education, training and experience of early educators for the purpose of improving professionalism and workforce quality to positively impact children. All early educators can join.

Coaching

OECE funded providers are committed to a process of continuous quality improvement and professional development and receive coaching, training, career guidance and support.

Family Child Care​

Family child care providers receive support through FCCQN administered by both the Children’s Council of San Francisco and Wu Yee Children’s Services.

Centers

Centers receive support through SF Quality Connections.

Training

All OECE-funded providers will participate in three (3) in-depth trainings as a condition of funding. The requirement is eight (8) hours of training that is approved by OECE in the following topics:

  • Support for Dual Language Learners 
  • Inclusion and Meeting the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities or Other Special Needs
  • Family Engagement and Support 

Educators in OECE-funded classrooms are required to log how they have met the above required trainings through their California ECE Registry profiles.

Center based programs can have one teacher each program year meet the three (3) training requirement. Family child care programs are to meet this requirement by attending a minimum of one (1) in-depth training each program year.  

Below are training opportunities for all early educators:

Quality Connections

Children’s Council of San Francisco

First 5 San Francisco

Inclusion Networks

Wu Yee Children’s Services

CA ECE Workforce Registry

Child Development Training Consortium

California Early Childhood Online

Quality Connections

Children’s Council of San Francisco

First 5 San Francisco

Inclusion Networks

Wu Yee Children’s Services

CA ECE Workforce Registry

Child Development Training Consortium

California Early Childhood Online

Career Guidance

Pathways to Higher Education

OECE supports pathways to higher education in the early care and education and child development fields. To learn more about certificate and degree programs in early care and education, see our ECE pathways flyer below.

In collaboration with OECE, Marian Wright Edelman Institute at SFSU works to improve the quality of early childhood education and offers the following programs for those seeking careers as early educators.

SF SEED​

San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees (SF SEED) is a financial incentive program for early child educators who work at least 15 hours in a licensed center or family child care program and attend a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning. SF SEED stipends support 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.

Metro Early Childhood Academy​

The Metro Early Childhood Academy supports the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro Academy is a learning community that gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring. After completing the Metro program students are better prepared to continue their path in early childhood education and 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 by providing students with personalized support as they work to obtain their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development. PATH ensures that students’ needs are met and helps guarantee course placement in a structured pathway for a timely graduation from San Francisco State University.

Professional Associations and Councils

Early Care Educators of San Francisco (ECESF)

ECESF works to strengthen the ECE community by creating opportunities for providers to come together, and maintain a close dialogue with families and other ECE allies.

Family Child Care Association of San Francisco (FCCASF)

FCCASF ensures that all children in family child care benefit from providers who have access to whatever support they need in their work as caregivers and early educators.

San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC)​

CPAC creates and drives the early care and education agenda to meet the needs of San Francisco’s children and their families and advocates for a broad system of quality, affordable and accessible early care and education for all.