Kern County Regional

Bakersfield College/Taft College

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

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Mission | About
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MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program is a state-wide effort to improve the quality of child care. The program provides training and support for early childhood professionals so that they, in turn, will be able to continue providing high-quality services. Through the Mentor Program, community college early childhood departments develop a mentor selection process and mentoring networks for students, caregivers and directors. Bakersfield College mentors mentor BC practicum lab students, Employment Readiness Academy students, ROP students and Taft College practicum lab students.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The California Department of Education (CDEE) contracts with City College of San Francisco to implement the California Early Childhood Mentor Program in seventy (70) community colleges throughout the state. The California Early Childhood Mentor Program recruits and selects experienced childcare providers and directors to be Mentors to student teachers and protégé directors. BC contracts with City College of San Francisco and the California Early Childhood Mentor Program to provide this service to Kern County.

The California Early Childhood Mentor Program is also meeting the Bakersfield Vision 2020 plan under Strategy #31 – Increase incentives for childcare providers so it becomes a viable form of employment.