The California Early Childhood Mentor Program (CECMP) is funded by the California Department of Social Service (CDSS). Mentors receive stipends for their leadership and guidance with mentees across the state of California serving 104 Community Colleges and their communities.

The four primary goals of CECMP are:

  • To provide quality community placements for Community College ECE students in their final practicum with certified Mentor teachers.
  • To provide any Director in Early Childhood Education, who is seeking mentorship, a Certified Director Mentor.
  • To build workforce capacity in leadership skills through professional development which includes Community of Practice Monthly Seminars and yearly Institutes on topics reflecting best practices in the ECE field
  • To encourage leadership opportunities in mentoring, training, facilitating, advocacy and community collaboration with compensation through stipends

The Mentor program supports a diverse workforce and diverse programs. These programs include family childcare, private centers, state pre-schools, and Head Starts.  50% of the CECMP certified sites have a quality rating through Quality Counts California, with 81% of those sites rating at a 4 or 5.

CECMP also supports Dual Language Learners with 54% of our Mentors speaking a second language.


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California Early Childhood Mentor Program
C/O Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Boulevard
Hayward, California 94545
p: 510-723-7100
f: 510-723-6631


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