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Project RISE


Careers in Child Development

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Project RISE is funded by Los Angeles Universal Preschool.

Project RISE is an innovative model for collaboration in early childhood teacher preparation designed to recruit, inspire, support, and educate child development students and working professionals in the Greater Long Beach Area. Facilitating the transition between Long Beach Unified School District high schools, Long Beach City College, and California State University, Dominguez Hills, Project RISE helps students complete their education and begin or further their careers in the field.

Project RISE will have a major impact on the local early childhood workforce by increasing the number of highly trained and qualified child development professionals available to serve young children and families in our community. Specifically, the Project will increase the number of high school students pursuing careers in child development, improve the success rate of current child development students at the two-year level, and increase the transfer rate of child development students to the four-year colleges and universities.

The Project is comprised of four key components:

  1. Specialized child development counselors help students navigate the certificate, degree, and permit process, develop educational and career goals, and complete remedial and foundational coursework.
  2. In-class supplemental instruction (tutors) supports students' academic success.
  3. An interactive online child development orientation includes information on child development courses, certificates, and degree programs, careers in child development careers and job requirements, a vocational assessment, as well as instructional courses 24/7.
  4. Direct support funds scholarships for tuition and books.

The target population for Project RISE includes child development students at Long Beach Unified School District high schools, current Long Beach City College students, and students transferring to California State University, Dominguez Hills. Special attention will be given to students who are younger than 24 years of age, represent culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the Long Beach area early childhood workforce, have been identified as "at risk" for academic failure, students employed in area early childhood programs, and students not current receiving academic support services or financial assistance. We have also begun assisting students who are interested in continuing their Child Development studies at CSU, Long Beach.

For more information about Project RISE, please contact Donna Rafanello, Project Director at (562) 938-4761 or .  For more information about our collaborative partners, visit their websites:

Long Beach Unified School District:

CSU, Dominguez Hills:

CSU, Long Beach: