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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Child Care Connection offers professional development and training opportunities throughout our six county region.

Our professional development and training opportunities are designed specifically for early care and school-age professionals who are interested in supporting children’s development and providing nurturing care and learning.

Child Care Connection Professional Development Offerings


Child Care Connection offers Step Up To Quality specialized training, general training and in-service credit, the CDA Prep Series, CDA renewal classes, and college credits. 

Check out the latest Step Up To Quality approved sessions!  

  • Sign up for the new Early Learning and Development Standards Overview.
  • New! Curriculum & Assessment Sessions A must for all early care and school-age professionals! Check back soon for updated list of sessions
  • Ohio's CDA Prep Series- It’s Your First Best Step! presented by Child Care Connection.

 

The Ohio Professional Registry

The Registry is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Individuals track their professional growth and development and are recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training.

Live online chat feature on the Registry

Live chat hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 pm.  If someone has issues with registration, logging in, trainer/training approvals, etc., they can now click the “Chat Now” icon and reach a Registry staff person

Live Help - Online


General Professional Development Information

ODFJS Required Training

ODJFS Orientation Curriculum - All new child care staff members are required to complete this orientation training within ninety days of employment

Required Administrator Rules Training - required training for new administrators of ODJFS licensed child care centers.  This training is required within six months of being named administrator.  This training is also a required pre-requisite administrator training to meet Step Up To Quality requirements.

Required Health and Safety Trainings: First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse

Health and Safety Training options:

1st Choice CPR, locations in North Canton  and Medina

Meditrain LLC, Akron OH

Thomas Training Consultants, Boardman OH

Air Child Care Training Solutions-approved online training

Call us for more resources 1-800-407-5437

Training Policies

Attendance

Attendees must arrive within 10 minutes of the start of a class session in order to receive credit.
Attendees who arrive after the 10 minute grace period are welcome to stay but will not receive credit for the training, workshop or event. Attendance is required at all parts of a professional development training to receive inservice credit.  Should an attendee miss any part, partial credit will not be awarded.  The attendee must repeat the entire training to receive inservice credit.  Attendees may not attend the part they missed at another location or time.  For questions, please contact Child Care Connection’s Professional Development Department at 1-800-407-5437

 

Event Cancellation Information

Child Care Connection event cancellation information will be located in the following places:

  • Website: Check the Child Care Connection website homepage, www.childcare-connection.org for details and announcements related to event cancellation.
  • Voicemail: Child Care Connection’s voicemail will announce event cancellations.  Call 1-800-407-5437
  • Other: Child Care Connection staff will attempt to contact you by email and/or phone.  Make sure your contact information is current in your profile on  The Ohio Professional Registry

Document Replacement Policy

There is a $5.00 replacement fee per document.  Documents include but are not limited to in-service forms, and transcripts.

Registration

Child Care Connection sponsored professional development and events are registered through the The Ohio Professional RegistryRegistration is mandatory.

Ohio Professional Registry (OPR)

The Registry is a centralized information system for early childhood and afterschool professionals. Individuals track their professional growth and development and are recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training.

The Registry is the online registration system that allows professionals to search and register for statewide trainings delivered by multiple agencies. Trainings taken through OPR are automatically linked to the professional Registry Profile.

Payment

  • All fees are due upon registration for a Child Care Connection sponsored training, workshop or event.
  • Child Care Connection has a non-refundable, nontransferable policy for all class fees.  Child Care Connection reserves the right to review any special circumstances related to the refund policy.

Credit Definitions

Credit Definitions

InserviceTraining - Inservice training is a licensing requirement for 15 hours of annual training until a total of 45 hours has been completed. 

The training shall include trainings in child development, health and safety, child abuse recongition/prevention, first aid and management of communicable disease.  One quarter hour of college coursework translates into ten clock hours of inservice training.  One semester hour of college coursework translates into fifteen clock hours of inservice training. (resource:  Step Up To Quality Guidance Document, November 2011)

CDA Training Credit - Professional development/training credit that meets inservice requriements and is aligned to the Child Development Credential Competency Goals.

CDA Renewal Credit Information:

No CEU Certificates Needed to Renew your CDA in Ohio - Effective June 1, 2013

The Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) and the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA Council) have agreed to use the Ohio Professional Registry to document CDA renewal course work effective June 1, 2013.

For additional information call Child Care Connection.  1-800-407-5437. Ask for Kim.


Specialized Training/Step Up To Quality - Approved training for administrators, lead teachers and assistant teachers.  This training requirment is based on employee's hire dates.  Approved specialized training is based on current research and evidence based proactices.  Inservice training in basic health and safety such as first aid, CPR, and communicable diseases and child abuse prevention do not count as sepcialized training. (resource:  Step Up To Quality Guidance Document, November 2011)

  • Infant/Toddler: Specialized training for infant/toddler teachers
  • Preschool: Specialized training for preschool teachers
  • School Age: Specialized training for teachers of school-age children
  • Administrative: Specialized training for administrators

CDA Credential

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Earn Your CDA with Child Care Connection

Research shows that the best teachers are intentional learnersIntentional learners are teachers who:

  • Continue to learn about teaching
  • See themselves as learners, and
  • Are able to foster learning in others by understanding the learning process.

Why Should I Earn a CDA?

  • The CDA is a nationally recognized credential that enhances your career in early care and education.
  • You will learn how to help children gain knowledge and master skills that will benefit them throughout school and life.
  • You will learn to work more effectively with families.

Child Care Connection’s CDA Prep Series offers:

  • Is offered in 9 courses for a total of 135 hours (120 hours of Step Up Approved Training and 15 hours of Health and Safety Training)
  • Provides coaching, tutoring & resources to support participants
  • Has multiple credits including: in-service, CDA hours, & Step Up To Quality credit
  • Offers special discounts for particiapnts attending more than 2 courses
  • Was developed in the collaboration with the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association professional development system to meet best practice standards

What credit will I receive for attending Child Care Connection’s CDA Prep Series?

You will receive the following credits upon completion of each course.  Each course consists of six 2.5 hour sessions.

  • 15 hours of ODJFS In-service and/or
  • 15 hours of Step Up To Quality credit
  • In-service & Step Up to Quality credit is awarded after each session

What is the cost to attend Child Care Connection’s CDA Prep Series?

  • Each course costs $120.00.
  • Program and materials fee of $100.00 (one-time fee)
  • Discount!  Register and attend all 9 courses for $900.00.  Savings of 17%.
  • Other discounts available

Call Child Care Connection - 1-800-407-5437 Your CDA Central for...


Additional Resource: The Council for Professional Recongnition http://www.cdacouncil.org/

It all begins with a CDA credential!

Call Us Today for details on next CDA series. 1-800-407-5437

 

CDA Renewal Information:

No CEU Certificates Needed to Renew your CDA in Ohio - Effective June 1, 2013

The Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) and the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA Council) have agreed to use the Ohio Professional Registry to document CDA renewal course work effective June 1, 2013.

For additional information call Child Care Connection.  1-800-407-5437. Ask for Kim.

 

Step Up To Quality Training Opportunities

Infant and Toddler Teachers

Requirements

No Prerequesite Requirements-Must take 10 hours of  Infant/Toddler training

The Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS) will meet your training requirements.

  • You must attend the ELDS Overview to be able to attend the Level 2 and Level 3 ELDS Modules birth through 36 months.

The Infant/Toddler Best Practice series

Preschool Teachers

Requirements

No Prerequesite Requirements-Must take 10 hours of  Preschool training

The Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS) will meet your training requirements.

  • You must attend the ELDS Overview to be able to attend the Level 2 and Level 3 ELDS Modules 36 months through Kindergarten Entry.

 

School-age Teachers

Requirements

No Prerequesite Requirements-Must take 10 hours of  School Age training

Options are as follows and can be taken in any order:

It's Basic! The Nuts & Bolts of Afterschool (2.5 hours)

It's Vital! All About Health, Safety & Nutrition (2.5 hours)

It's Useful! How to Create Quality Afterschool Spaces (2.5 hours)

It's Fundamental! Understanding Schoolage Children (2.5 hours)

It's Beneficial! Supporting Healthy Relationships (2.5 hours)

It's Teachable! How to Create a Curriculum (2.5 hours)

Administrators

Requirements

Must take the 7.5 hours of Administrator Rules Training through The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. An additional 2.5 hours of Step Up to Quality Approved Training will be needed.

Additional options for Administrators that have already completed the Rules Training:

Ohio's Successful Leadership Series for Program Administrators.
Ten Hour Core Training:  Taking the Lead: Administrator Core Knowledge and Competencies - Option to complete SUTQ initial training requirements.

Ohio's Successful Leadership Series for Program Administrators.
Five Areas of Practice total
145 hours total

Administrator Credential Level 1
Ten Hour Core Training
Completion of CKC Self-Assessment
Choose Two Areas of Practice based on needs of your CKC Self-Assessment

Administrator Credential Level 2
Ten Hour Core Training
Completion of CKC Self-Assessment
Five Areas of Practice

Call Child Care Connection for details about the Ohio Administrator Credential1-800-407-5437

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