Mentors are an important part of our program. A mentor is someone who provides guidance, support, and encouragement to an Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) student. Family child care providers, child care center directors, and facility owners/directors must have an ACDS certified mentor to participate in the ACDS program. Mentors are needed in various regions throughout the state. A person that is interested in becoming an ACDS Certified Mentor, must complete a Mentor Application (Form 36), attend a one-day training, and meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Be an ACDS Journeyperson (a person who has completed the ACDS program and received a US Department of Labor Certification of Completion) and currently credentialed at a level V or above on the WV STARS Career Pathway
  • Be an ACDS Journeyperson who is enrolled in an accredited college/university in an early childhood field (birth through eight); and currently credentialed at a level V or above on the WV STARS Career Pathway
  • Possess a Bachelor's Degree in an early childhood field (birth through eight) with two years' experience in the field and currently credentialed at a level VII on the WV STARS Career Pathway

Contracted mentors meet a minimum of two hours a month with their mentee, and receive a stipend for their services. For more information on ACDS mentors please see the tabs to the left of this page, or contact the ACDS office at 304-523-0433.