Mentor Program

The CA Early Childhood Education  Mentor Teacher Program provides experienced Mentors to ECE 366 Practicum students and others in the field.  The San Mateo County Regional program offers seasoned teachers a chance to work with student teachers and other professional opportunities in the field. Students working with Mentors have stated that the richness and depth of supervision by their Mentor Teacher was unsurpassed.

Following completion of an initial course in mentoring, candidates interested in becoming Mentors make formal application to a local Mentor Selection Committee. Selection is based on professional qualifications and a quality review of the candidate’s classroom. Those who are selected as Mentors are paid stipends for continuing in-service training, and for the supervision of student teachers who are assigned to the Mentors.

Download Mentor Teacher Program Application

The San Mateo County Mentor Director Program provides experienced Mentors to any individual who would like to work with an advanced practitioner on a topic of program administration. After an extensive selection process, those who are selected as Director Mentors are paid stipends for guiding and offering practical help to less experienced (“protégé”) directors or site supervisors.

Download Mentor Director Program Application

The Mentor Teacher and Mentor Director Programs are supported by Skyline College, Cañada College, and Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Quality Improvement Funds which are administered by City College of San Francisco through a contract with the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.

For questions about the San Mateo Regional Program, email Program Coordinator Kate Williams Browne or call (650) 738-7092.

Check out this article from Forbes Magazine regarding the importance of finding a mentor. 

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For more information on the California Early Childhood Mentor Program (CA ECE), please visit the CA ECE website.



If you are interested in becoming a Mentor Director you should attend an Information Session and a Director Mentor Institute. Flyers and registration forms are available on the CA ECE website.

Director Mentor Institutes (DMIs) have also been scheduled,  DMIs are now by invitation ONLY to individuals who have participated in a Director Mentor Information Session. An interested director must have participated in BOTH a DM Information Session and a DMI in order to apply to become a Director Mentor.

We have introduced a nominal registration fee for the Director Mentor Information Sessions in an effort to decrease no-shows and pay for treats.


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