Knowledge and Skill to Support the Future of California

The California Policy Collaborative hosts e-learning courses and a relationship-building learning community approach to support legislative staff as they build foundational knowledge skills and connections.

Our Mission

The California Policy Collaborative’s mission is to build the policy knowledge, expertise of and connections between policy staff through accurate and relevant content coupled with engaging, enriching and fun experiences, all for the ultimate benefit of California’s children and communities.

Professional Policy Learning Communities for Legislative Staff

The CPC approach builds on the science of adult learning and ensures that every programming design decision is grounded in the unique needs of legislative staff. Our program provides an opportunity for participants to effectively shape state policy by gaining:

About Our Courses

Early Care and Learning

In CPC’s early care and learning course, students will explore state and federal child care, preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and after school policy. Topic areas include California child demographics and well being indicators, governance, finance, workforce, program design, facilities and data system.

TK-12 Education Policy

The TK-12 Education Policy course is designed to build foundational California TK-12 policy knowledge. Topic areas include California student demographics and student outcomes, governance, finance, facilities, workforce, standards, assessments, system of support and accountability.

How CPC Courses Work

Independent Study

Explore relevant, engaging content using an online learning system that allows cohort members to work at their own pace in preparation for corresponding in-person convenings.


Participate in networking opportunities intended to build comradery and support relationship-building with your fellow legislative staff while applying course material.

with Experts

Engage in interactive, inquiry-based activities with leading California education experts, including fellow policy staff, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to exercise and amplify skills learned during each module.

Cohort Schedule & Application Period

Courses are conducted during the legislative recess, from October to December annually. The application period to enroll in these courses will occur when the Legislature returns from summer recess. Check back in once applications are available.

Participant Eligibility

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Legislative staff

Legislative staff working in the Capitol, particularly those who staff members on child care and/or education policy.

Passionate About Education Policy in California

Staff passionate about education – particularly in shaping Transitional Kindergarten-through-12th-grade education or early childhood development and education policy for future generations in California.

Hybrid Learning: Can Participate Three Days a Month for Three Months

Those who can participate three days a month in hybrid learning for three months during the legislative recess (between October – December).

Continuing Education Units

Those who are interested in receiving eight continuing education units (CEUs) from the University of California, Davis, for completion of the course.

Already Enrolled in a Course?

If you are already enrolled in a CPC course, you can login using the link below to resume learning.