Child Development Scholarship Program - Spring 2013
This program awards scholarships to child care professionals in West Virginia. Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the U.S. Department of Labor's Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program or be in the 4th semester of the program, and be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in an undergraduate degree program in early childhood education or specialization, in West Virginia. If interested in continuing your education, please click on the following links:
NAEYC Professional Institute
The Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) staff recently attended the NAEYC Professional Institute. Jennifer Conkle, ACDS Regional Coordinator and I presented at the conference on June 13, 2012. At the conference, there was a great deal of positive feedback regarding the program. WV is considered a leader in applying the apprenticeship model to the field of early education and at the conference information was given on the ACDS program. It was an honor to represent our state at the National Conference and hopefully open other doors as well as assist other states with implementation of the program in their states.
Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer
The WV Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist program was recently invited to participate and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act in Washington, D.C. The program was presented the 21st Century Trailblazers and Innovative Program award. Jennifer and I graciously accepted the certificate and briefly spoke with Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor regarding our program. We also spoke with a program representative from Maryland who is interested in implementing a similar program in that state. It was a great opportunity to represent our state as well as market the success of our program.
The West Virginia registered Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program is based on a professional partnership between child care providers and their employers.
It is a teaching program where apprentices "learn by doing." A blending of classroom work and on-the-job training provides professional growth for providers. It also enhances the quality of care that their employers offer to the community.
The registered Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist program promotes:
- Highly skilled, confident early childhood employees
- Quality early childhood environments
- Informed, supportive early childhood professionals
The program's participants include: