Early Childhood Education Pathway


About the Program

We have submitted an application to the Department of Apprenticeship Standards of the State of California and are currently awaiting approval as an Apprenticeship Program.  Once we are approved, qualifying students will have their tuition and fees covered, among other things.

Prospective students who complete the interest form below will be contacted to discuss one of two pathways: Pre-Apprenticeship or Apprenticeship

Pre-apprenticeship: These are students who will begin taking a Student Success Seminar Class (Counseling 1) at Hartnell College starting January 23,2023. Students in this pathway will also receive training and workforce skills through our partnering agency PITC. These students will be ready to enroll in two ECE classes at Hartnell College Soledad Education Center in the Fall (August) 2023.
Apprenticeship: Students who want to start taking ECE classes right away will join our first ECE Cohort at Hartnell College Soledad Education Center and register for two ECE classes that start January 23. As a part of the "Learn & Earn" portion of the program, these "Apprenticeship" students will be placed at a local organization where they will work and gain valuable hands-on work experience while getting paid. Students in this pathway will also receive training and workforce skills through our partnering agency PITC that will help in their development.

Both groups of students will receive ongoing support and guidance from a Student Success Coach who is able to help with enrollment, financial aid, counseling, tutoring, technology needs and other wraparound services. 

Proposed Schedule of Classes

Please Note: At this time, the classes for our program are only offered at the new Hartnell College Soledad Education Center.

Our Salinas based program will begin August 2023.

We highly encourage you to watch the presentation below in order to get a better understanding of the opportunities that are available in the Salinas Valley and to get an idea of how our program will work.  

If you have reviewed all of the information and are interested in signing up to join our program, please complete the registration form below and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible. 

Register HERE


If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to call us at (831)386-7105 or email us at cregalado@hartnell.edu


This program is made possible thanks to our partners:

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Monetary contributions have been provided by:

  • California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant
  • Monterey County Office of Education – Alternative Education Program
  • Monterey County Office of Education – Early Learning Program
  • Hartnell College Foundation