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In order to elevate the level of quality child-care services in Sonoma County, CDTC provides students already employed in licensed programs with stipends to cover the costs of tuition, books, parking, and health fees for classes that will help them achieve Child Development Permits. We currently have over $20,000 worth of child development textbooks in the reserve library at CDTC that eligible students may borrow for the duration of their course. In 2009-10, fifty-nine agencies were served through the CDTC program, including 15 family child-care sites, two school age sites, and 15 state-funded sites. This program also pays for the processing fees associated with acquisition of the Child Development Permits ($145). For more information access, the CDTC Web site.
Employees of Child Development programs and Family Child Care providers are eligible to participate in the training offered by SRJC. However, priorities are as follows:
In order to participate in the CDTC, students must fill out a Participant Profile at the start of each semester, which are available from the Child Development Department office. Contact the SRJC Consortium Coordinator, Jennifer Allen at 522-2616 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
This program is part of a statewide network that seeks to recognize individual teachers and directors in child-care settings who have the talent and experience to mentor others in the field. We have built a network of mentors throughout Sonoma County who go through our training taking specific classes. They must then apply to a committee for their designation. Mentor sites may be used for practicum placement. Designation as a Mentor has become highly sought after. Mentors receive a stipend for their work. Additionally, we conduct monthly seminars or meetings of the county’s child development directors. Meetings are held both in Santa Rosa and in Petaluma. For more information, access the California Early Childhood Mentor Program site.
The Child Developmnet Department recognizes that currently more than 45 percent of the kindergarten class in Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) is made up of English learners, and that California has more than 40 percent of the nation’s immigrant children. In response, for the last 10 years, SRJC’s Child Development Department has offered several Child Development classes that are taught to bilingual and Spanish-speaking students. The classes make up a 12-unit Associate Teacher certificate and encompass all core classes. Five Vocational ESL classes are now required that are linked with core Child Development classes.
The CARES program is operated by the Sonoma County Child Care Planning Council and First Five Sonoma, and provides stipends to students pursuing Child Development Permits. At the end of fall 2008, more than 450 students had enrolled in the program and received over $300,000 in stipends. Since it's implementation seven years ago, the program has contributed more than $2.5 million to students taking classes in Child Development. CARES also funds our textbook loan program and provides other support as well.
The Child Development Department offers a class in Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales (ECERS) that serves as the gateway to the CARES program. The ECERS is the most widely recognized tool for the measurement of quality of care in ECE settings. First Five Sonoma has agreed to pay each successful student in the class a stipend of $100 and also cover the cost of their registration and books.
Recognizing the changing demographics of children in California and Sonoma County, we work with our community to expand the enrollment in our Foundations of Language and Literacy Program. First Five Sonoma and the SCCCPC have agreed to offer $300 stipends to all students who successfully complete the course.
SRJC’s Child Development Department is one of 10 in the state currently authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to provide expedited processing of required Child Development Permits. Because CTC has approved our program, we can review student applications and forward them to Sacramento. Applications approved by us are routinely issued within three to five weeks. Students applying directly to CTC receive their permits in approximately 10 months to a year.
For 10 years, our Children's Center has been one of five programs in the state designated as a demonstration site for the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC). PITC is considered to be the state-of-the-art methodology and pedagogy for the care of infants in group settings. It was developed by WestEd (one of 10 regional national education think tanks) and has been promoted by the CDE as the preferred method for infant care and education. The funds have helped improve pedagogy and allow extensive staff training and purchasing materials. We also receive visitors from many programs and institutions of higher education from around the country who want to see the PITC philosophy put into practice.