The California Early Childhood Mentor Program (CECMP), funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), supports mentors throughout California in providing leadership and guidance to students entering the early childhood education (ECE) field as well as current child care directors and teachers. Partnering with 88 community colleges—and growing—the mentor program supports a diverse workforce of family child care programs, private child care centers, state preschools, and Head Start programs.

In response to the CECMP’s transition to the CDSS, this document answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) raised by communities across the state.