As California seeks to expand and improve the quality of its early childhood education programs, one challenge is recruiting and preparing teachers. This report looks at three programs that prepare early childhood educators in California in a way that is affordable and accessible for diverse students, offer foundational knowledge in child development, and provide sustained, mentored classroom experience. The programs are the Family Child Care Apprenticeship, Skyline College’s Education/Child Development Program, and EDvance at San Francisco State University.