Jumpstart CAD Early Practicum
Jumpstart SF is an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization created to “engage” young people in service towards the day that all children in America enter school prepared to succeed. From its inception in 1993, Jumpstart has fostered literacy and social skills development in young children by placing college students in preschools to provide additional support to their programs. The Jumpstart program recruits and prepares Federal Work-Study supported SF State students to assist teachers in San Francisco’s preschools. Jumpstart has partnered with the EDvance program to develop an Early Practicum program for SF State students interested in early childhood education to gain hands-on experience in the classroom as well as coaching from mentor teachers. The students are placed in preschool classrooms and paired with a mentor teacher who will support the students’ experience in the classroom.
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SF SEED (San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees) is a fiscal incentive program for early child educators as they advance toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, as well as professional development within their current place of employment. SF SEED stipends are geared towards individuals who work at least 15 hours in a licensed child care center-based or family child care program and attend a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning. SF SEED is partnered with the Early Care & Workforce Registry where the SF SEED stipend application is based online at www.caregistry.org.
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Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) is an initiative aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education in the City of San Francisco by supporting current and new workforce participants to obtain their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD). CAD PATH hopes to eliminate many of the challenges and barriers faced by early childhood educators when they attempt to graduate from a four-year institution while working in the early childhood education field. CAD PATH ensures that students’ needs are met by guaranteeing seats in CAD major courses in a structured pathway. Following this pathway ensures a timely graduation from SF State. This program provides students with personalized support for college success.
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Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development
The Metro Early Childhood Academy was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro Early Childhood Academy is a program that offers courses though the Child and Adolescent Development Department at SF State for students with an interest in early childhood education. Metro CAD gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support, case management, and tutoring. At the core of Metro CAD is a learning community promoted by two cohorted courses per semester that pair a general education course and a Metro Child Development course. After completing the Metro CAD program, students are prepared to continue taking courses for completion of their major requirements with the necessary skills for college success.
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