NEW WALK-IN HOURS AT OUR MAIN OFFICE. Effective April 22, 2024, our office will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:30am-4:30pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).
NUEVO HORARIO DE ATENCIÓN EN NUESTRA OFICINA PRINCIPAL. A partir del 22 de abril de 2024, nuestra oficina estará abierta de martes a jueves, de 9:30 a 16:30 (lunes y viernes cerrado).

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Early Care & Education Pathways

Associate Teacher's Apprenticeship Program

The Pathways to Success Apprenticeship helps participants jump-start their career in early childhood education. Participants in this unique working and learning experience earn 12 Early Childhood Education units through College of Marin, complete 2,000 hours of paid work experience, and are eligible for an Associate Teacher permit.

Program Benefits: 

  • Classes offered in English & Spanish 
  • Embedded classroom tutoring  
  • Job placement with local employers (Community Action Marin or North Bay Children’s Center) 
  • Career Counseling  
  • Financial and Credit Coaching 
  • No school fees & free textbooks
  • Monthly peer learning cohort meetings to connect with & learn from others in the program
  • Success Coaches will work with you step-by-step to ensure you have what you need to succeed
  • Access to other Community Action Marin services and county-wide resources  

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Enrollment Criteria

  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Pass a criminal background fingerprint check 
  • Provide immunization record 
  • Have evidence of a negative tuberculosis test 
  • Be able to attend college classes, participate, and submit written assignments 
  • Legally able to work in the United States

The program helped people increase self-confidence among participants. Many experienced challenges in getting to the program—they may be domestic violence survivors, English Language Learners, single mothers, or immigrants new to this country. We recognized the need to support them with direct services and skills while also providing the space for them to increase their own agency.

Maricruz Assefina
Former Workforce Manager

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Email us by clicking the link below or calling 415.526.7503.

Early Childhood Education Workforce Pilot Success

We are proud of the 31 participants in the 2019-2020 ECE Certification program. Several participants were able to apply their studies from their native countries for admission, others completed classes in English learning spaces, a deviation from their original plan, and others were excited to not only receive their Associate Teacher Permit but with one additional class, move on to the Master Teacher/Site Supervisor level. 

During the program, we helped our participants succeed in supporting themselves and their children by providing trusted and reliable childcare, access to technology such as laptops, and high-touch support with navigating the complexities of college matriculation. “The funds for the project helped break down the barriers to education. Many of the participants who joined and completed the program already had the skills and passion for teaching, and it was rather a lack of navigation know-how and basic necessities that held them back from pursuing the profession”, said Kelsey Lombardi, former Director of Program Operations, Children and Family Services.