LCCC Offers CDA Professional Development for Students and Educators in Early Childhood Education

published Thursday, April 15, 2021
Members of the Early Childhood community who would like to advance their career in the field have access to funding this summer that will allow them to take professional development coursework to earn their 120 clock hours of training needed to apply for the CDA Credential at little or no cost.
 
This generous funding is available through the Professional Development Organization (PDO), a grant-funded educational collaboration of 18 colleges, universities, and programs statewide that support future educators. Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is a partnership school, which allows students to earn credits that can be seamlessly transferred to any other PDO partner school. This is a limited time opportunity exclusively for Pennsylvania residents.
 
Interested participants must first apply for tuition assistance through an online application, which determines eligibility. Students can then apply to the LCCC program and register for classes.  Please complete the application here: https://fms.center-school.org/fmi/webd/ECE_PDO
 
Training starts June 14 and runs until January 3, 2022. Sessions are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and are offered remotely and fully online. The program consists of three noncredit classes: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, Children’s Growth and Development and Observation and Recording, which meet the Preschool CDA requirements. These courses will also be supported in Spanish.
 
To be eligible for the funding, students must be residents of the State of Pennsylvania, employed at a licensed early childhood education program for at least six months, have a professional development profile through the PD Registry and work an average of 25 hours per week. Funding is based on the STAR level of the facility, number of hours worked per week and staff level. Participants can earn anywhere from $290 to over $4,000 toward their education.
 
The project is supported by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services and Department of Education.
 
Information sessions will be held virtually at 1 p.m., Monday, April 26; 1 p.m., Wednesday April 28; and 6 p.m., Thursday, May 6. To register and receive the meeting link, please call or email Doni Binczak, Program Manager, Center for Leadership and Workforce Development at LCCC, at dbinczak@lccc.edu or 610-799-1950.