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The West Virginia Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program is offered in counties throughout the state. The ability to offer classes in a region depends partly on the number of interested early childhood programs, the availability of instructors, an appropriate location to hold class, and the establishment of a local council. Each region that offers ACDS classes has a local council representative that registers students and oversees the implementation of classes in his or her area.

To view the current ACDS class schedule, which includes the counties classes offering classes please click the icon below for a PDF of current class schedule. 

Class Schedule

When ready to register for ACDS you may contact the ACDS office directly or the local council representative for the county in which you wish to attend class in. For a complete list of the local council representatives and their contact information please click link below.


Local Council Contacts

Once registered as a new student, you will need to complete an orientation. The ACDS orientation is only available online through the WV STARS (www.wvstars.org) training calendar.  To access the training calendar you must first be on the WV STARS career pathway or registry. The orientation is designed to provide all new students with the information they need to be successful in the program. You may click here for directions on how to find and take the online ACDS orientation.

Search and Register for ACDS Orientation

 “I am so glad that I’ve stuck with this program. It has helped me not only gain knowledge and experience, but also new perspectives and the ability to appreciate other methods. 

~ ACDS student