PITC Academy for Program Directors

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Description of Event

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The Academy of Program Directors is a three-day event that will build awareness and support utilization of new materials developed as part of the California Early Learning and Development System and will explore how these resources can be used to support program quality enhancements, child growth and development, and curriculum planning. Special emphasis will be placed on the second edition of California's Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines (in press).

This publication presents a vision for how to provide high-quality early care and education, including recommendations for program policies and day-to-day practices that will improve program services for all infants and toddlers. The second edition of the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines reflects developments in theory and practice that have been made since the publication of the landmark first edition.

When to Submit Your Application

Applications for the Academy for Program Directors, taking place in April 2019, will continue to be accepted until the due date of February 1, 2019 or until the event is full.

Who May Apply

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This event is designed to support California infant/toddler program leadership, such as:

Infant/toddler program leaders include center-based directors and family child care educators who operate large programs that are licensed for 12 to 14 children.


Fellowships for Qualified California Residents

Participation at this event requires the award of a fellowship from the California Department of Education. California residents who are involved in infant/toddler program leadership, as stated above, are eligible to apply for a California fellowship to participate at this event.

Fellowship recipients are responsible for a reduced registration fee of $150.

This fee covers: tuition, selected Infant/Toddler Learning and Development resource materials and supplementary reading materials, hotel accommodations (double-occupancy), and most meals (one dinner on your own). Single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee. Participants are responsible for all costs associated with transportation to and from the training site.

Online Application Instructions

Before you start, please draft the answers to the following essay questions:

  1. Description of your program. The description should include information on program type (e.g., campus based, EHS, family child care, etc.), program structure (e.g., number of children served, number of employees, age groups, group size and ratios per age group, etc.); and funding sources (i.e., state funded, privately owned, etc.)
  2. Applicant’s statement of interest to participate. This response should be complete, but brief. Address all of the following items: 1) provide a description of your professional experiences listed in Section I, 2) why you are interested in participating in this training project, and 3) how you plan to utilize the knowledge gained from this experience in your professional work.

Application Review Criteria

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Priority will be given to individuals who are involved in infant/toddler program leadership such as owners, directors and assistant directors, managers, supervisors, coordinators, and curriculum specialists. Infant/toddler program leaders include center-based directors and operators of large family child care programs. Family child care programs must be licensed for 12-14 children in order to be considered. In addition, geographical considerations will apply.

WestEd does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans’ status or other status protected by applicable law.

Notification of Applicant Status

Once your application is received, WestEd will send you an email acknowledging the receipt of your application. If your application is received by the due date, you will be notified of your status approximately one month after the application due date. Applicants accepted for the event will receive an email notification to enroll.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, a $150 cancellation fee for California fellowship participants will be charged if the cancellation occurs less than 30 days prior to the start of the event. In addition, for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the start of the event, hotel cancellation charges may apply. NOTE: All cancellation fees are subject to change.


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For questions regarding the content of the event and who should attend, please contact Keiko Tahara, Program Coordinator, at ktahara@wested.org.

For questions about the application procedure, the status of your application, or if you did not receive written correspondence, please contact Karla de Guzman, Conference Coordinator, at kdeguzm@wested.org.

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