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Career Pathways



Welcome to Early Education Career Pathways, a comprehensive page that provides rewards and resources to support the journey to becoming and growing as an educator. This page provides resources based on any starting point, where you can learn more about each pathway, its requirements, and the available resources to help guide and support your journey. 

Early Education Career Pathways

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Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN)

A Family, Friend, or Neighbor is care provided in the child’s or childcare provider’s home by the person who is a relative, friend, neighbor, or other license-exempt provider.

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Licensed Family Home Childcare Providers

A Licensed Family Home Child Care regularly provides care, protection, and supervision of children, in the caregiver’s own home, for periods less than 24 hours per day while the parents or authorized representatives are away. 

Early Childhood Educator 

An Early Childhood Educator works directly with children in an eligible preschool program or eligible early childhood education program that involves directly caring, developing, and educating infants, toddlers, or young children aged five and under. 

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Under the direction of the principal, the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher provides an educational program and environment that promotes learning and personal growth for students in a self-contained classroom. 

Resources for Educators


Learn how to obtain necessary college units towards a child development permit.

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Explore attainment options from local and online schools for early educators.

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Get credentialing information for aspiring/new teachers and admins.

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Find professional development and trainings available at no cost. 

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Jenny Mendoza

Program Manager
(209) 381-6785