The California Department of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division (CDSS-CCDD) funds fellowship opportunities for California residents.

The cost of attendance is $1600 and $175 for those who receive a fellowship.

This fee covers:

  • Tuition
  • Selected Infant/Toddler Learning and Development resource materials and supplementary reading materials.

Fellowships for California Residents

There are 50 fellowship spaces determined for California residents based on the review of an application submitted by the due date. PITC will notify applicants regarding fellowships.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Academy for Program Directors open in January 2023.

Application Content

The application consists of four sections:

  • Contact Information
  • Organization Information
  • Education and Employment
  • Statement of Interest to Participate

Application Completion

  • All sections must be completed. The “Review Criteria” section below provides guidance.
  • Once all sections are completed, make sure to select the Submit button.
  • Be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was submitted.

Application Review Procedure

  • WestEd will review and consider each completed application based on the review criteria listed below and space availability.
  • WestEd does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application Essay Question/Statement Instructions

Before you start your application, please draft the answers to the following essay questions/statements:

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.)
  • Funding sources (i.e., state-funded, privately owned, etc.)

Applicant’s statement of interest to participate. Address the following items briefly, but completely:

  1. Why are you are interested in participating in this training project?
  2. How do you plan to utilize the knowledge gained from this experience on an individual and professional basis? How will the training be disseminated to your childcare community and/or to others?
  3. Please describe your professional experiences listed in the Education and Employment section.

Review Criteria

  • Applicant’s Title and Position: Priority is given to those currently in infant/toddler program leadership roles such as owners, directors and assistant directors, managers, supervisors, coordinators, and curriculum specialists, and center-based directors and operators of large family child care programs (licensed for 12-14 children).
  • Consideration of geographic diversity is part of the review process for California applicants.

Application Status Notifications

  • Application Confirmation: Once you submit your application, WestEd will send you confirmation.
  • Invitation to Enroll: Applicants accepted to the Academy of Program Directors will receive an email notification to complete the enrollment process and submit payment.
  • Waitlist: Qualified applicants who are waitlisted will be invited to enroll if a cancellation occurs and space allows.
  • Fellowship Announcements: Fellowships funded by CDSS-CCDD for California residents do not require a separate application. Fellowships will be announced by PITC.

Cancellation Policy

  • Once enrolled, the full fee of $1600, otherwise $175 for fellowship participants, will be charged for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of the event.
  • WestEd will make every effort to enroll a replacement participant when a cancellation occurs more than 30 days in advance. However, an administrative fee of $100 will be charged.
  • All cancellations must be submitted in writing to both Karla Nygaard and Karen Charest at PITCEvents@wested.org.


  • For questions about the application procedure, the status of your application, or a missing written correspondence, please email both Karla Nygaard and Karen Charest at PITCEvents@wested.org.
  • For questions regarding the content of the event and who should attend, please email Elizabeth Crocker at ecrocke@wested.org.