Drake State’s Child Care and Development Program offers current and aspiring daycare teachers and aides the ability to earn a certificate which meets minimum requirements of Alabama Head Start and Child Care Standards. Students learn to use state of the art teaching strategies to teach basic skills and concepts to children in all subjects. Teacher assistants provide instructional and clerical support for classroom teachers. They may also tutor and assist children.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Short Term Certificate prepares a student to enter the child care industry as an assistant teacher in a classroom. This degree track meets the education component requirements for students who want to obtain their CDA.
Students must complete 420 clock hours of approved training in a child care facility within the last five years in addition to courses listed to sit for the national credentialing exam with the Council for Professional Recognition.
While tuition at community colleges like Drake State is relatively affordable for most, there are scholarship opportunities available to students through the ACCS Leadership in Child Care Scholarship.