Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Mentor Program

Sixty-three community colleges throughout the state, including Cabrillo College, participate in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant through the California Department of Education.

Cabrillo College Mentor Site Placements

ECE students who are interested in completing the 3-unit Practicum requirement at an approved Mentor site should contact the faculty instructors for the ECE 54 Child Care Practicum class in order to secure a placement. Additionally, students are encouraged to call and visit Mentor Teachers before enrolling.

For the current listing of Mentor Sites and Mentor Teachers click here.

Current Cabrillo Mentor Teachers

The Mentor Program provides selection, funding and support for Mentor Teachers in Santa Cruz County. Mentor Teachers are eligible to supervise Cabrillo College student teachers. Teachers who are interested in becoming Mentors submit an application to the Mentor Selection Committee and receive site visits before they are selected to be Mentor Teachers. Applications are reviewed every year during the month of January.

Mentors are paid a yearly stipend for participating in the Mentor Program, and an additional payment for every student teacher they supervise. They attend monthly seminars with other Mentors and an ECE faculty person, and are required to participate in professional growth activities.

Qualifications for Mentor Teachers

  • Be eligible for the Master Teacher Permit (California Child Development Permit Matrix)
  • Have completed a formal course of study in ECE, including an ECE Certificate or an AS or a BA degree in Early Childhood or Child Development
  • Have completed supervised student teaching
  • Have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience with young children
  • Be currently employed in a teaching position in a licensed program (center-based or family child care home.)

Whether you are a student interested in a Mentor Site placement or a teacher interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact the Mentor Program Coordinator, Michele Mosher, by phone (831) 335-1135 or by e-mail michelemosher(at)sbcglobal.net

The Program Brochure