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Courses, Credentials Offered For Early Childcare Providers in Clearfield

8/4/2011 —

In August, Penn State DuBois will offer courses and a credential program for early childcare professionals that will help them to keep their education and skills current.


As state mandated requirements on certifications for childcare professionals continue to increase, Continuing Education representatives at Penn State DuBois have designed courses and credential programs to keep these individuals up-to-date and employed.  Additionally, the Penn State Cooperative Extension for Clearfield County offers the Child Development Associate (CDA), the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE). Earning the credential is an important milestone for those seeking a career in ECE.  The nationally transferable CDA is a credible credential recognized by caregivers nationally as a vital part of professional development.


"The state is really calling for the entire early childhood care system to step it up and improve the quality," said CDA course instructor Jackie Amor-Zitzelberger.  "This will make them a well-rounded childcare provider."


Beyond the CDA, students have the opportunity to continue their education in a degree program. Penn State provides the opportunity to translate the work and education obtained from this credential into college credit in the Early Childhood Education Certificate which is part of the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) associate degree at Penn State DuBois.


These courses also allow people interested in the field of childcare to gain pertinent knowledge and professional development. Programs emphasize work with infants, toddlers, and young children, as well as parent/family communications. Developmentally appropriate activities in various learning areas and practical guidance techniques will be addressed.


Classes will begin August 22, at Clearfield Area High School.  To learn more about registration, and financial aid information, call Jeannine Hanes at 814-765-7878 or 814-591-5459, or email her at jhanes@psu.edu.  For a complete list of courses, visit http://www.ds.psu.edu/CE/credit.htm


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