Child Development Training Consortium


The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) offers the ECE Student Career and Education program at California community colleges. Cerro Coso has been a CDTC member community college since the program's inception in the 1990s.

This program provides support for specific educational expenses to students attending California Community Colleges. Students pursuing a career in early childhood or child development MAY be eligible to apply for the new Educational Support Grant. All eligibility criteria are included in the application.

Educational Support Grant Priorities

Priority 1: Employees of all direct-funded CDE/ELCD programs including center-based programs and family child care network programs or center-based programs with satellite family child care providers. This also includes co-located Head Start Programs. Employees of any program, center-based or licensed family child care homes, that serve children on a voucher basis for Alternative Payment services. Employees of all other programs including center-based and licensed family child care homes are eligible.

Priority 2: Students who are not currently employed (as described in the above Priority 1 requirement) and enrolled in a three-unit ECE/CD Practicum/Student Teaching course.

Additional eligibility criteria are included in the online application.

Grant funding (to support tuition and/or textbook costs) is based on submission of a complete application, the number of eligible students, and successful completion of courses with a grade of "C" or better. Eligible courses could include ECE/Child Development course work, general education course work, remedial courses, and child development work experience (general work experience course excluded). Limited funding is first-come, first served.

To apply, or for more information visit the CDTC ECE Student Career & Education Program webpage.