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Investing in Early Educators

Stipend Program

Attention Stipend Program Cycle 15 Applicants:

Cycle 15 Application Deadline: The application deadline for Cycle 15 has passed. No new applications will be accepted.

Child Development Permit Policy Change: Beginning with Cycle 15, applicants to the Stipend Program may participate in three cycles while taking classes toward a Child Development Permit.  For more information on earning a permit, visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website at www.ctc.ca.gov, the Child Development Training Consortium website at www.childdevelopment.org or the Child Development Department of your local community college.

Verification Forms:  Verification Forms (on cream colored paper) have been sent to qualifying applicants.  If you have not received a Verification Form, contact the Office of Child Care at (213) 974-4674.  The deadline for submitting the completed Verification Form is as follows:
         Mail-in:  March 6, 2014
         Walk-in:  March 13, 2014

Coursework Completion:  Qualifying coursework for Cycle 15 must be completed by early February 2014.

Disqualifications:  Applicants found ineligible for the Cycle 15 of the Stipend Program were notified in January 2014.  If you did not receive a letter, your application is in good standing.


Cycle 14 Stipends Awarded – The Office of Child Care and the Child Care Planning Committee commend the 1,694 participants in Cycle 14 of the Investing in Early Educators Program for completing coursework towards a degree in child development.

Overview of the Stipend Program - The Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program, funded by the California Department of Education/Child Development Division (CDE/CDD) and developed by the County of Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee, is designed to increase the retention and academic preparedness of teachers working in child development programs – centers and family child care homes – in which most of the children are subsidized by the State Stipends are made available to teachers completing college coursework that informs their work with children and families, and/or contributes towards a degree in child development or a closely related field.

Cycle 15 of Stipend Program - 2013-14 - Click on the link for information on Cycle 15 of the Stipend Program, including the timeline and to download the instructions outlining the process for participating in the program. Funding for Cycle 15 of the Stipend Program is dependent on the availability of funds from the California Department of Education/Child Development Division (CDE/CDD).

Appeals Process - The Office of Child Care has instituted an appeals process for applicants who believe that they were disqualified from the Stipend Program in error or, if upon receiving their stipend, believes that there is an error in payment Disqualified applicants may submit a letter of appeal in writing Click on the link for detailed instructions on the appeals process and how to complete the letter of appeal.

Notification of Address and Name Changes - Stipend Program participants must notify the Office of Child Care if there has been a change in your name and/or address by submitting the appropriate documents. Click on the link for instructions and links to the forms for submitting address and name changes.

ASPIRE (A Stipend Program in Support of ECE Excellence) – Early educators working in centers or family child care homes who are not eligible for the Investing in Early Educators – Stipend Program may be eligible for ASPIRE, a new statewide First 5 CA professional development program for early childhood educators, also known as CARES Plus. Participants will complete a free on-line training regarding the CLASS observation tool, academic and career advisement, and three to six semester units of coursework. By doing so, they can earn a stipend of at least $1,000. Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) administers the program. 

Investing in Early Educators Program
Office of Child Care
Service Integration Branch/Chief Executive Office
222 South Hill Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 974-4674 Telephone • (213) 217-5106 Facsimile

Parking is available at the public parking lot just south and adjacent to the building for $9.00 or across the street for $2.75 for every 15 minutes for a maximum of $7.00 Unfortunately, we do not validate parking As an alternative, our office is approximately 1½ block south from the Metro Red Line Civic Center stop (follow exit to Hill Street).

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