DES Early Childhood Professional Training

Child Care Professional Training (CCPT) is a no-cost, 60-hr course funded by the Department of Economic Security (DES) / Child Care Administration. Training enables participants to enter the workforce by providing high-quality child care and education in their communities. The grant provides up to 15, 60-hour workshops in 11 counties in Arizona each year. Upon completion, students can earn 3 Yavapai College credits.

Please Note: Classes meet at various dates/times across different counties. Seating is limited to 20 participants, and preregistration is strongly recommended.

  • Call toll free 1-866-219-1021 or email
  • for more information and to register

To view the class schedule, download this pdf for dates, times and locations.

Opportunities through DES Courses

You’ll Learn:

  • Child development
  • Appropriate learning environments
  • Child-care licensing
  • Early reading and math activities
  • Nutrition and menu planning for growing brains
  • First aid and CPR

Career In:

  • Child care centers
  • Preschools
  • Head Start programs
  • In-home child care for self-employed

D.E.S. Home Recruitment and Certification Program

Many people are choosing home childcare as a career. You can too! As a Certified Family Child Care Provider you will be able to share your love of children while you enjoy the convenience of being self-employed in your own home, and the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something good for the community.

Benefits include:

  • Extra Income
  • Stay at home with your own children
  • Financial assistance is available for business start-up costs
  • Be your own boss
  • Provide a greatly needed service
  • Use of the Toy & Equipment Lending Library Service

The Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP)


Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Child Care Administration(CCA).

The PCPP is:

  • Offered at community colleges throughout Arizona – including Yavapai College!
  • For Early Childhood Education classes only
  • For individuals employed as child caregivers in center-based programs, family child care providers, family group homes, volunteers can be considered as well!

To be Eligible:

  • Must work in a child care center or be a family child care provider or be a family group home provider/employee (can be part-time! As few as 5 hours per week can qualify you for this scholarship)
  • Must identify a Pathway (Goal) and pursue the Early Care and Education (ECE) coursework to accomplish your Pathway
  • Must complete all courses paid for by the PCPP with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for continued funds

The PCPP Offers:

  • Tuition for 1 to 6 credits per semester (Total 12 credits per school year)
  • Textbook stipend for $10 per credit each semester at college bookstore
  • For DES certified Family Child Care providers:

How to use the Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP) Grant:

Make sure you are eligible to use the grant! If you are receiving another grant or scholarship to attend college or have access to professional development funds at your program, you may not be eligible to use the PCPP Grant.

Seek advisement! Contact: Le Anne Lawhead, Yavapai College early childhood faculty about advising and courses!

This grant will pay your tuition and registration fees for specific courses in Early Childhood Education.

The selected courses can help you achieve specific career goals including:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Certificate of Completion
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education,
  • Or other employment goals
    Scholarship applications are accepted 2 times a year.
    Deadline for spring courses: November 1st
    Deadline for summer and fall courses: May 1st

(Applications must be completed and returned to Le Anne Lawhead for approval- applications are then sent on to Central Arizona College (CAC)for funding approval. (CAC is funding manager for the Pathways (PPCP))

Contact LeAnne at: 928-76-2306 or

Professional Career Pathway Project Demographic Information Sheet
Professional Career Pathway Project Tuition Application & Course Pathway