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
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.
Earn your child development permit, credits toward your AA degree, and job placement.
Get Cuesta College academic support, tuition and course materials assistance, and career guidance.
Work as a paid apprentice at a designated early learning site earning $18/hour.
Anyone seeking a new career path in a rewarding field, working with and impacting the lives of our youngest citizens, is welcome to apply:
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.
Funding for programs that serve children from prenatal development through age fiveLearn More
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Supporting early care and education in San Luis Obispo CountyLearn More
Provides support for child development permit costs and education support grantsLearn More
Learn about the benefits of the program and how it works
Applications are accepted continually.