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Stipends of $1,000 or More Offered to Early Childhood Educators

(EGPNews) – Early childhood educators throughout Los Angeles County who wish to improve their practice and further their education can earn a stipend of $1,000 or more through a professional development program called ASPIRE, administered by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).

Funded jointly by First 5 California, First 5 LA and LAUP, participants in ASPIRE must complete free online training (in English or Spanish), receive academic and career advisement and complete 3-6 semester units of college coursework in their field.

ASPIRE is open to people currently working in the Early Care and Education (ECE) field, who are striving to improve their skills. In order to participate in the program, candidates must: work at least 15 hours per week in a licensed child care facility or family child care home; work with children age 0-5, or directly supervise those who do; be working towards an ECE degree or permit; Earn less than $60,000 in ECE income and be ineligible for the Los Angeles County “Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program.

Applications must be postmarked and submitted by certified mail by Oct. 22. For more information, visit www.laup.net/aspire or call (213) 416-1943 or email workforcedevelopment@laup.net.