Early care and education providers spend every day helping children learn and grow. Now it’s their turn!

For nearly 20 years, the Professional Development Program (PDP) has helped Contra Costa’s child care providers advance their education and training in early childhood education, and rewarded them when they do. Child care providers working in Contra Costa County with children birth to age five may be eligible for financial incentives when they earn six units of college coursework, meet education milestones, complete training hours.

The 2020-2021 PDP Application period is closed!

We would like to thank everyone for their 2020-2021 PDP Application (9/15/2020-1/15/2021). First 5 Contra Costa, the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and CocoKids are continuing to align efforts and blend funding to consolidate professional development opportunities for all Contra Costa early care and education (ECE) professionals.

New this year was an online application submission. Paper applications are no longer available, however, PDP College Advisors were available to provide support and assistance with the application.

Our intent was to simplify and streamline professional development and incentive opportunities for our local workforce and to proactively respond and integrate input received from our local ECE workforce to improve access and participation in the Professional Development Program (PDP) activities.

5-Step process to determine eligibility and instructions on how to access and complete the online application.

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Professional Development Program Guide and Application