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Gateways for Early Educators™

CCALA is committed to the growth and development of the child care workforce in Los Angeles County. CCALA member agencies work with over 18,000 licensed and unlicensed child care providers throughout Los Angeles County and provide over 500 training workshops to more than 2,000 early care and education providers annually.

Gateways for Early Educators™ is the integrated, research-based professional development system of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles Resource & Referral agencies.

Gateways for Early Educators™ program includes:

Training Programs

  • Comprehensive training program with 10 curriculum topic areas aligned with the California Competencies
  • Gateways Training Passport and Award of Achievement after 40 hours of training
  • Individualized Quality and Career Coaching offered at each R&R
  • Links to higher education
  • Inclusive educational and training pathways
  • A county-wide training calendar to easily locate training workshops at any CCALA agency

Gateways Coaching

The Gateways coaching model supports the implementation of knowledge into practice. Sustainable change in practice and quality improvement requires one-on-one individualized support.

  • Quality Coaching – site-based support to integrate theory into practice. Coaching focuses on improving child care quality including interactions with children, supporting children’s growth and development, and improving child care environments.
  • Career Coaching – Helps providers attain educational or professional development goals. A coach helps reduce barriers that limit access to higher education or professional development opportunities.

Through coaching and training, the CCALA member R&R and AP agencies are helping all early care and education providers offer high quality child care and strive towards their professional goals. To learn more about the training or coaching program, connect with your local R&R agency or contact the Child Care Alliance at 323-274-1380.


“With the support and guidance of my coach, I have become more confident and dedicated to provide quality care. Parents and providers come to me for help and guidance. I have become a strong leader in my community.”

“I was able to obtain 15 units at AV College and an Associate Degree in Child Development. I feel like a professional thanks to my Gateways Coach.”

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

The Child Care Alliance is a partner in local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). These systems provide opportunities for child care providers to focus on improving the quality of the child care sites.

These systems include quality improvement support including training and coaching. Some QRIS systems also include information and resources on various helpful tools such as the Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) or the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). Some QRIS systems also provide financial support through a quality improvement grant or stipend.

One such system is the Los Angeles County Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. This is funded by the California Department of Education-Early Education Support Division (CDE-EESD)

The Alliance agencies provide the coaching support for local QRIS and RTT systems.

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