Mayor Garcetti’s Office and LA Unified Division of Adult and Career Education (LA Unified Adult) are partnering to support Angelinos along the Child Development career pathway through the Early Child Equity (ECE) Project. The guiding goal for ECE is to eradicate the school readiness gap by 2025, through the recruitment, training and certification of 2,500 new early childhood educators by that time. Our LA Unified Adult students will be a part of this.
The Mayor’s Office and LA Unified Adult are working collaboratively to make this goal a reality as soon as possible. Steve Zimmer, previous LA Unified Board Member and current leader of the Mayor’s educational initiatives, is personally directing this effort along with Christina Hernandez, ECE Coordinator. LA Unified Adult’s Francisco Narciso and Sam Powers are working closely with administrators, early education teachers and students from all of our participating campuses to provide valuable information on how the Mayor’s Office can best support attaining this goal through additional funding, student recruitment and placement of students into externships. LA Unified Adult will be a primary educational training agency for the ECE Project, building capacity as the number of students increases. Mr. Zimmer and his team, having met several times with our teachers and students, are becoming clear on how they can best support these efforts.