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Project ACCESS

Advancing Child Care Education and Student Success

Project ACCESS (Advancing Child Care Education and Student Success) provides training, career  and other support services for non-native speakers of English who want to enter and advance in the Early Childhood Education field.

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Many jobs in the early childhood education field require college units.   There are THREE levels of classes to meet the level of English support that you need.  Our staff will help to find the right level for you.

1. Bridge Class: Vocational ESL for Early Childhood Education    
This pre-college class will prepare you to take the “linked class” at Contra Costa College or Diablo Valley College.  This class will help you to improve your English skills and learn child development vocabulary and concepts.

2. Linked ESL/ECE classes 
The linked class is a combination of a core early childhood education (ECE) class and an ESL class. The ESL class will help you to read and understand the textbooks and assignments, take notes, study for tests and improve your writing.  In the ECE class, you will spend time in primary language groups so you can discuss what you are learning in your first language.

3. Tutorial Classes 
The tutorial class is designed to assist you while you are taking regular ECE and general education classes at Contra Costa College or Diablo Valley College.  You will attend the class and then meet a second time during the week with one of our tutorial teachers.  The weekly tutorial class goes over difficult vocabulary and concepts, helps you to complete assignments and to study for tests.

Our staff will work with you to define your career goals and look for a job.  We will help you to:

  • Prepare a resume
  • Practice interviewing
  • Find job openings
  • Fill out applications and
  • Obtain an interview

After you start a new job, we are still here to answer questions about working in the field.


  • Assistance with permit applications
  • Assistance with Professional Development Program applications
  • Educational counseling
  • Professional Development Workshops


If you are a non-native speaker of English and are interested in the childcare field, call us for an appointment. 
Our staff speaks Spanish, Mien and Lao.


Nain V. Lopez
Project ACCESS Manager
(510) 439-4261 Direct
(510) 2376778 Fax

Virginia Garcia
Project ACCESS Coordinator, Richmond
(510) 439-4264

Flora Rojas
Project ACCESS Coordinator, Concord
(510) 338- 5079

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