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Tribal Child Care Association of California

Workforce Pathways

The Tribal Child Care Association of California is excited to continue our Workforce Pathways Program with new  applications starting July 1, 2022. With funding provided through CDSS’s QCC Workforce Grant, TCCAC has  developed a workforce program to support child care providers in all settings. We offer teachers in centers, providers  with family friend and neighbor programs, aunts and grandmas operating relative care programs, everyone who is  dedicated to caring for Tribal children in California an opportunity to further develop their skills in culturally relevant  ways. Participants in our Tribal Workforce Pathways Program can work on higher education goals toward degrees or certifications or professional development in a variety of child care topics. Each participant will work with our  Workforce Advisor to set goals and identify resources needed to achieve those goals. TCCAC will support the  participant by identifying and overcoming barriers to reaching goals through financial supports, identifying resources  and providing incentives for goal completion with a stipend program.  

For more information on our TCCAC Workforce Pathways Program including application process contact:
Jenni McGowan- jmcgowan@tribalchildcareca.org or
Kim Nall- knall@tribalchildcareca.org

TCCAC Higher Education Pathway 

Through our Higher Education Pathway,  TCCAC wants to ensure our participants  are supported to meet their higher  education goals. Participants for this  pathway are working towards Certification, Associates Degrees,  Bachelor’s Degrees or higher with an  emphasis on Early Learning and Care.  TCCAC can support with tuition costs,  books, materials and any other expense  related to obtaining your higher education  goals. The TCCAC Workforce Advisor will  work with each participant to set goals,  identify needed supports. The TCCAC will  incentive goal completion based on the  participant’s professional development  plan. The incentive structure for higher  education is as follows: 

TCCAC Professional Development Pathway 

TCCAC has created these custom pathways to support professional development for Tribal Child Care providers. Each of the five pathways have options for which trainings the participant would like to complete based their individualized professional development plan. The pathways include:

  • The Journey Toward Healing This pathway focuses on healing and resiliency by addressing topics around trauma faced by children, families, providers, and communities. The Journey Toward Healing conversations videos and materials created through the partnership with Brazelton Touchpoints Center will be the foundation for this pathway. These are self paced modules on the Coaching Companion platform.
  • Tribal Child Care Health and Safety Standards and Best Practices This pathway focuses on basic health and safety standards required for Tribal Child Care programs, as well as ways to go beyond the basics with best practices. Participants can choose topics that are most relevant for them and their programs. The TCCAC Health and Safety Manual will be the foundation for this pathway. These are self-paced modules on the Coaching Companion platform.
  • Coaching Companion A yearlong collaboration where teachers/providers and coaches come together in reflective dialogue as they look at improving their practice through the use of evidence based resources using Coaching Companion’s vast catalogue of training cycles.
  • Family Enagement- Parent Cafes– TCCAC has partnered with the Child Care Resource Center to create this pathway for those wanting to increase their skills for engaging families and host parent cafes in their communities. These trainings can be done virtually or a combination of in person and virtual.
  • Nature Explore TCCAC has partnered with Nature Explore to offer a
    variety of engaging, inspiring, research-based workshops to support
    comprehensive learning with nature. This pathway is a four session series that will engage participants in Nature Explore’s interactive virtual and in person workshops, hands-on activities, conversation, reflection and more.