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Tribal Child Care Association of California

Workforce Program

The Tribal Child Care Association of California is excited to continue our Workforce Pathways Program. The next workforce year begins July 1, 2024 and ends on June 30, 2025.

With funding from CDSS’s QCC Workforce Grant, TCCAC has developed a program to support child care providers in all settings, including centers, family friend and neighbor programs, and relative care programs. The Tribal Workforce Pathways Program offers opportunities for higher education, certifications, and professional development in culturally relevant ways. Each participant works with a Workforce Advisor to set goals and access needed resources. TCCAC supports participants by identifying and overcoming barriers, providing financial supports, resources, and incentives through a stipend program for goal completion.


For more information on our TCCAC Workforce Pathways Program including application process contact:

Sara Zapata- TCCAC Workforce Advisor workforce@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 seven custom pathways to support professional development for Tribal Child Care providers. Each of the pathways have options for which trainings the participant would like to complete based their individualized professional development plan. The pathways include:

  • Health & Safety 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. Monthly, Zoom Health & Safety Webinars as well as a series on Nature in ECE will be the foundation of this Pathway.

    Wellness & Healing Pathway This Pathway focuses on healing and resiliency by addressing topics around trauma faced by children, families, providers, and communities as well as social/ emotional learning. A variety of virtual cohorts and in person trainings are offered in this Pathway and will include Trauma Informed Care and ACES training opportunities.

    Early Learning Leadership This Pathway is recommended for child care administrators who are participating in the TCCAC TQIS (Tribal Quality Improvement System), who provide direct services to children, and would like to sharpen their early learning leadership skills. The goal is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of early care directors and emerging leaders to ensure quality child care programs for young children. Additionally, Coaching Companion is offering a six-session collaboration where teachers/providers and coaches come together in reflective dialogue as they look at improving their practice using evidence-based resources. Last of all California Mentor is offering two different cohorts to our TCCAC Workforce this year.

    Engaging Families in Tribal Communities TCCAC has partnered with the Child Care Resource Center for those wanting to increase their skills for engaging families and host Parent Cafes in their communities. A series on the Protective Factors is available virtually. There is also a special cohort just for Family, Friend and Neighbor and Family Child Care providers on Trauma Informed Care and Family Engagement.

    Cultural Humility This Pathway offers opportunities to understand the accurate history of Native Americans; explain the historical process of the extreme systematic trauma to the Native population and show how California Natives are still present, active, and involved in the modern world. Including, examples and explorations of tribal resilience, medicine, storytelling, and culture. Virtual 5-session cohort.

    From Cradleboard to Toddling This pathway focuses on the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) approach to infant/toddler care and addresses how to support healthy social-emotional development and learning in group care settings. Course topics include two 20-hour, virtual cohorts: Social/ Emotional Development and Family, Culture & Providers. Participants have the option to register with Fresno State and receive 3 college credits for course completion.

    STEM/STEAM Learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math and ways to incorporate lessons into your program curriculum. STEM includes problem solving, asking questions, and exploring the world around us. In person, live virtual and go at your own pace options.