Mentoring Program

College of the Desert's Early Childhood Education Program works with the McCarthy Family Child Development and Training Center on the COD campus and the California Early Childhood Mentor Program to provide resources and support to aspiring and experienced teachers and administrators in programs serving children birth to five and before- and after-school programs. Through Federal and local funding the Mentor Program offers student teaching lab placement sites for COD students and technical assistance to existing or aspiring early childhood program directors.

The CA CDE Mentor Program

The CA CDE Mentor Program supports COD by providing stipends and professional development support to:

  • Mentor Teachers who guide college students in Early Care & Education

  • Director Mentors who provide resources and expertise to new directors and administrators facing new challenges

Respect, recognition, and opportunities for growth are powerful incentives for excellent teachers and administrators to stay in the field and provide quality care to children and families of California! It ensures College of the Desert CDE students have opportunities for placements in some of the best quality CDE classrooms and family child care homes in the Coachella Valley.

The CA Early Childhood Mentor Program has a special program to assist teachers and directors in programs serving very young children from birth to three years of age. If you are interested in receiving this type of technical assistance, click on the Mentor Teacher or Mentor Director pages.


The COD program will accept applications for Mentor Teachers and Mentor Directors from September through May of each school year and will review the applications once or twice a year to identify qualified candidates. Go to the Mentor Teacher or Mentor Director pages to download an application.

For more information about Mentor Programs, contact the Mentor Coordinator for College of the Desert:

Professor Wendy Hinrichs Sanders, Mentor Coordinator
43-400 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
phone: 760.776.7429​