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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:

  • Child Care Providers
  • Head Start
  • In-Home Providers
  • Preschool Employees
  • Public School
  • Youth Apprentices
  • Home Visitors

To register for ACDS classes contact your local council representative or the ACDS office. You can find your local council representative by clicking on the contact information tab at the top of the page and viewing the local council contact sheet.