See yourself as an early educator?

Join Our Earn-and-Learn Program for Aspiring Early Educators

  • Earn at least $18/hour as an apprentice
  • Access professional development opportunities
  • Obtain career and educational support

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Ticket 2 Teach Early Childhood Education Program

Work as a paid apprentice while you learn to teach

Early Childhood Educators are urgently needed in San Luis Obispo County and surrounding areas. Answer the call to support your community and enter a rewarding career path.

Whether you are currently working or looking to start a career now or in the future in the early care and education field, we invite you to apply now.

Access Opportunities

Earn your child development permit, credits toward your AA degree, and job placement.

Be Supported

Get Cuesta College academic support, tuition and course materials assistance, and career guidance.

Earn and Learn

Work as a paid apprentice at a designated early learning site earning $18/hour.

Watch this video to learn more about the Ticket 2 Teach program and how we help aspiring early educators and preschool centers throughout SLO County.


Anyone seeking a new career path in a rewarding field, working with and impacting the lives of our youngest citizens, is welcome to apply:

  • High school students
  • Current ECE students
  • Current Early Educators
  • College transfers
  • Returning adults
  • Anyone seeking a new career path

There is a critical shortage of early childhood educators, with the demand for care far exceeding the current workforce capacity. Individuals are reluctant to enter the ECE field when starting pay is barely above minimum wage. The Ticket 2 Teach Apprenticeship program is a local initiative to address the challenge of increased demand for early care and education and low wages.
To support qualified ECE professionals in SLO County, those who are entering the field, or current educators building their professional skills and credentials, all participating Ticket to Teach Apprentices will earn a minimum of $18 per hour.*

*Grant funds will be used to assist partner employers to meet the minimum $18 per hour wage requirement of the program. For more information please register for our virtual information sessions.

Apprentices will have access to dedicated support specialists, Quality Counts resources, and academic student resources, as well as specially designed experiences, to support all areas of professional development.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be reviewed on a continuous basis.


First 5 San Luis Obispo County

Funding for programs that serve children from prenatal development through age five

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San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council

Advisory board offering child care business grants. Learn More

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Quality Counts

Supporting early care and education in San Luis Obispo County

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Child Development Training Consortium

Provides support for child development permit costs and education support grants

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Take the Next Step

Watch a Quick Overview

Learn about the benefits of the program and how it works

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Applications are accepted continually.