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Early Education Pathways



Welcome to Early Education Pathways, a comprehensive page designed to provide the guidance and resources to support the journey to become and grow 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. 

Instructional Assistant 

Assist with the care and instruction of young children in a licensed preschool program. 

Associate Teacher 

Authorize service in the instruction of children in a child care program and supervise aides.

Preschool Teacher

Provide care and instruction of children in a licensed preschool program and supervise adult staff.

Site Supervisor 

Supervise care and instruction of a preschool program that operates at a single site.

Preschool Program Director 

Supervise development and instruction at multiple sites, serve as coordinator of curriculum and staff development.

TK Teacher

Provide classroom instruction as the lead teacher in Transitional Kindergarten in a self-contained classroom.

Click here to view the full Child Development Permit Matrix.

Resources for Educators


Learn how to obtain necessary college units and child development permits.

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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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Need help with tuition?

Educational grants offer financial support to teachers throughout the academic year. 

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Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

UPK is part of a statewide initiative to provide whole child support and increase students’ readiness for school and life.

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Maria Rosales

Program Advisor