Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Limited English Proficient Students

Reedley College Child Development ESL Program

Title: Child Development ESL Program

College: Reedley College

995 N. Reed Ave. Reedley, CA 93654

Contact: Kimberly Perry, Dean of Instruction, 559-638-3641 orkim.perry@reedleycollege.edu  

Target population: This program, currently in the development stages, will target nonnative English speakers who wish to become licensed home care providers. In order to navigate the childcare licensing board and requirements, one needs to be moderately literate in English. Many non-English speakers want to enter the field where there is a large need for early childhood educators, and there is a clear career path to higher-wage high-demand careers such as owning a childcare center, elementary school classroom aid, or teaching.

Goals: The objectives are to increase the number of licensed family-care providers in the area as well as increase the number of childcare options while providing career choices and a career ladder for non-English speakers.


The program will be limited to 15 students a semester to ensure quality and comprehensive instructor-student interaction. The program will hold classes at the area One-Stop centers so that the students will avoid having to pay for parking and be close to where they need to go on a regular basis (i.e. the WIC office, the grocery store etc.).

• The classes will be taught on a Thursday evening and Saturday morning schedule to enable more students to attend.

•The program will consist of an Infant Child Safety Class which will include CPR certification, a Careers in Early Child Education class, and a Vocational Education as a Second Language (VESL) in support of Child Development course.

•The program will pay the costs of getting a license, CPR certification, and fingerprinting as well as assist the students in passing the home inspection through a mock home inspection.

• Student will receive 4-5 units of college credit.

Staffing: The staffing will consist of two bi-lingual instructors. One will be an ESL instructor and one will be a child development instructor.

Facilities, equipment, materials: The classes will be held at the local One-Stop center and will require no specialized equipment.

Costs, funding source: A $10,000 grant was received from Verizon Wireless

Outreach and marketing: The Public Information Officer will advertise the program in all the venues available to this office, information will be included in the course scheduling, and there will be course and registration information available at the One-Stop and WIC offices.

Evidence of effectiveness: The Verizon grant requires measures of effectiveness be built into the grant. The program will track the number of students who enter the program, the number of students who complete the program as well as the number of graduates who receive a licensed because of the program. The program will also track the number of students who want to take the class but cannot due to full sections, time constraints, etc. as well as the number of students who continue to renew their license annually.

Suggestions for replication: There have many issues that have been positive in working out the particulars of this program. The curriculum has been developed in a clear and concise manner offering the students specifically what they need; the collaboration with the One-Stop center was a big benefit for the students, as they do not have to pay for parking, travel to the college, etc. Being able to maintain a small cohort of students (15) is essential to this programs success, as the language barriers would have prevented effective interaction with a larger group. Finally, the instructors who agreed to teach these classes as overload allow costs to be kept down. Working with a private grant was challenging. Verizon had a different timeline from the college and so the college had to be very flexible and patient.