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CDA Training for Trainers

We are pleased to announce our "Ideal CDA Training for Trainers" (Ideal CDA TFT) Course!

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Trainers & Faculty



When: February 20 & 27, 2016 
Both training dates required

10:00 AM-3:00 PM

10 Total Hours of Training 
1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

***Lunch provided on-site***

Where:
Hampton Inn Lawrenceville
1135 Lakes Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043





The primary goal of the Ideal CDA TFT is to arm current and prospective CDA trainers and ECE faculty with training materials, information, and resources to support the development and implementation of quality CDA courses (traditional, online, and hybrid formats) . 


Register Now!
Early Bird @ $975 (ends Jan. 31)
Regular @ $1200 (Feb. 1-12)


FEBRUARY 12, 2016 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!
 

For more information, please contact us by phone at 678-632-4085 or via email.

Visit our website for more opportunities. 


Let's change the future one training at a time!

New CDA Course in Atlanta Starting January 11, 2016

We are excited to announce a new Child Development Associate (CDA) course in Atlanta, GA!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s 120-Hour DECAL-approved CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

Mondays Only—January 11-April 11, 2016 @ 6:30-9:00 PM

LOCATION: Chaya Mushka Children's House
5065 High Point Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342

Download course brochure for more information and to register.

Pay Online Now:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 5, 2016



Pictured: National CDA Nicole Baker, "Ideal CDA Course" Graduate


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!


New CDA Course in Albany, GA starting January 23, 2016

We are excited to announce a new Child Development Associate (CDA) course in Albany, GA!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s 120-Hour DECAL-approved CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

Saturdays Only—January 23-April 23, 2016 @ 9:00-1:00 PM

LOCATION: Wingate by Wyndham
2735 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707

Download course brochure or pay online.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2016


Pictured: National CDA Marta Velez, "Ideal CDA Course" Class of 2014


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!

Announcing our Next 120-Hour CDA Course

Due to overwhelming response in the Atlanta area, we are excited to announce our next Child Development Associate (CDA) course!

“The Ideal CDA Course”, Ideal Early Learning’s CDA training program, is designed to prepare teachers of children ages 0-5 for the national CDA credentialing process

120 hours of DECAL-approved Training

Thursdays Only—December 10, 2015-March 10, 2016 @ 6:30-9:30 PM

LOCATION: Hampton Inn Lawrenceville
1135 Lakes Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Download course brochure or pay online.

You may also pay securely via PayPal.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2015

Pictured: National CDA Jennifer Sanders, "Ideal CDA Course" Class of 2014


This course unites traditional and modern instructional methods, enabling early educators to earn credits for coursework accomplished in class, as well as on the job and at home.

  
Let's change the future one training at a time!


4-Hour CDA Assessment Prep Course

National Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Support for Child Care Providers


Whether you have completed the required 120 hours of CDA training, are currently enrolled in a CDA course, or simply interested in learning more about the national CDA assessment process, this course is for you!

Enjoy a walk-through of the national CDA assessment process and how to successfully organize your CDA Professional Portfolio (PP). 

Please bring your CDA PP materials for completion. Let’s get ‘er done!

Register and pay online or print and mail registration form with payment.

Seating is limited, in an effort to provide one-on-one support for CDA candidates.



Let's change the future one training at a time!


Time to Renew Your CDA Credential? Check Out the New Process & Fees!

The CDA is a national early care and education credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC. The CDA Training Program is designed for teachers and caregivers of children ages 0-5 who work in licensed childcare centers and registered family childcare homes preparing them for assessment. 


If you earned your CDA Credential in 2013, it's about time for you to renew! So, begin coursework NOW! 

Effective October 1, 2015, a new CDA Renewal Process was launched. 

The Council for Professional Recognition has provided a comprehensive outline comparing the old process with the new process. 

Pictured: Ideal ECE CDA Course Graduate Jennifer Sanders


How can we help? Register for our ONLINE Child Development Associate (CDA) Renewal Course for a one-time fee of ONLY $150.

45 hours/4.5 CEUs of Approved training
  • Complete coursework at ANY TIME, ANY PLACE, and AT YOUR OWN PACE.
  • All you need is internet access. 
  • Course will be active in your online account for 12 months.

Two ways to register:
  1. Mail completed registration form with check or money order to Ideal Early Learning, 2207 Peach Shoals Circle, Dacula, GA 30019.
  2. Pay electronically—safely and securely via PayPal.Email your request for electronic payment to bisa@idealearlylearning.com. We will email you an e-invoice, so you can pay securely via your PayPal account or with any debit/credit card.
 
Please avoid additional fees and training requirements by completing coursework and the CDA renewal process BEFORE your credential expires!

For more information, please visit our website, email us at info@ideal-ece.com, or call our office at 678-632-4085.

Let's change the future one training at a time!


National Black Child Development Institute 45th Annual Conference

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) 45th Annual Conference will be held October 17-20, 2015 in Washington, DC. This year’s conference theme is “We the People”. 




Our CEO, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, participates in the NBCDI Conference every year! This year, she will present a session on cultural competence in education, entitled, “The Culturally Responsive Educator: Comprising the African American Spectrum in K-12 Curriculum”





About the Session
Twenty-first Century African American students encounter varied life experiences and, therefore, require wide-ranging learning approaches to realize motivation and success. Participants in this session will be engaged in productive discussions and idea-sharing on effective methods for teaching African American students from diverse families. Participants will leave with new knowledge, practical tools, and essential resources for upgrading K-12 educational experiences for African American students. In order to proficiently engage students of color in instruction, educators must be responsive to the entire African American spectrum with curriculum methods just as eclectic as the 35+ tones of our skin.

If you are attending the NBCDI 45th Annual Conference, please look for Dr. Bisa's session in the conference brochure. There will be many great sessions to choose from, so enjoy participating in this great event! Engage in social media tweets and posts using #NBCDI2015!


Let's change the future one training at a time! 


GAYC 49th Annual "Together for Children" Conference

On September 25-26, 2015, our Founder & CEO, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, will present two sessions at the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) 49th Annual “Together for Children” Conference at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. GAYC is Georgia’s state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—a professional membership organization that promotes high-quality early learning for all children from birth through age 8.

Dr. Bisa will present the following sessions on Friday, September 25:

  • Featured Session: “Start Your Motors: Strengthening Physical Skills of Young Children” at 10:15-11:45 AM—This workshop engages early educators in activities that strengthen physical development and motor skills of children from infancy through age 5. Warning! This session is HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!

  • “Masterful Mentoring: Tips for Coaching and Empowering Staff” at 1:00-2:30 PM—The purpose of this session is to convey to early childhood educators best practices for transferring knowledge and skills to empower program staff.

Hang around the auditorium following Dr. Bisa's featured session to engage in her book and CD signing! All products will be offered at a special conference rate!

Hope to see you there!

6 Steps for Providing Quality Consultation in Education Programs & Schools

For over 15 years, I’ve enjoyed providing consultation services for early education programs, Early/Head Start, and schools! Whether I’m visiting a program to conduct teacher/classroom assessments for a collaborative project, provide in-house consulting on behalf of the program’s corporate office, or conduct compliance visits for a major agency/grant-funded project, I make a concerted effort to follow certain steps. When I train education consultants to go out in the field to provide technical assistance, I share these steps and figured I’d share them with you!

Dr. Bisa with Atlanta Job Corps CDC Staff celebrating
their NAEYC accreditation designation, following consultation


  1. Introduce yourself and your purpose. When you walk in the building, find the main office. Tell the office staff who you are, who sent you, and why you’re there. When you walk into each classroom, do the same. I make a concerted effort to make the staff feel comfortable by saying, “I’m here to help” or “Please carry on as if I am not even here”. Giving an overview of your visit lets staff know what to expect, which makes everyone feel informed and at ease.
  2. Walk before you talk. Do a walk-through of the building, before offering advice or strategies, to get familiar with the overall culture of the program, staff, and operations. It’s a great idea to have an administrator or one of the office staff take you around and introduce you. After introducing myself to the administrator(s) and office staff, I often say, “I’d love a tour, if anyone is available”.
  3. Monitor your demeanor. Regardless of what you see during your visit, avoid showing negative expressions, especially anger, frustration, disapproval or disgust. Let your pen and paper do the talkin’!  Remember: “Actions speak louder than words!” You must remain professional! There’s a time and a place…
  4. Summarize your findings. If allowed by your contractor, meet with designated administration and/or staff to share an overview of your findings. Immediate feedback is most effective; because, staff can still remember and reflect on the day’s events and activities.
  5. Provide a data report. Provide a report of your findings to your contractor detailing your observations, strategies shared with staff, and an action plan. If you conducted any assessments during your visit, include a summary of the findings. It’s best to report in a format that enables the contractor to provide copies of the sections to program staff that only include information about their classroom/program. Confidentiality is key!
  6. Follow up. Follow up with your contractor and/or program to find out how the information you shared has affected their program and if they had any difficulty implementing any recommendations. Who knows… This discussion could even lead to another contract! The most important factor is that you and the staff will be able to reflect on these practices.

 
What consulting step(s) might you add to this list?
 

 Learn more about Dr. Bisa at drbisaonline.com.

Ideal ECE on Nat'l Head Start Consultants Directory

At Ideal ECE, we provide professional development and consulting services for a vast amount of early educators and administrators around the country, but none more than those working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Check out our listing in the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Professional Development Consultants Directory!

"Reducing the Spread of Infectious Diseases"
Ideal ECE Workshop on Child Health for Early Head Start


Popular topics we primarily present for Head Start and Early Head Start programs include:

Administration:
  • Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
  • Developing & Empowering Staff
  • Family Engagement at the Corporate Level
  • Masterful Mentoring
  • New Director Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Organizational Learning, Leadership & Change
  • Professionalism
  • School Readiness
  • Serving Children with Special Needs
  • Shared Governance
  • Transformative Learning & Leadership

Family Advocates, Ed/Disabilities Specialists & Support Staff:
  • Building Positive & Productive Relationships with Consumers
  • Communicating Effectively with Parents
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reciprocal Community Engagement
  • Engaging Families in Dynamic Monthly Activities
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • New Family Advocate Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Professionalism
  • Serving Children with Special Needs
  • Implementing the PFCE Framework
 
Teaching Staff (Early Head Start & Head Start):
  • Assessing and Evaluating Child Progress
  • CDA Training & Renewal
  • Connecting Child Assessments with Lesson Plans
  • Ideal Daily Activity Schedules
  • Including Children with Special Needs
  • Intentional Teaching
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition in the Classroom
  • Implementing the HS Outcomes Framework in the Classroom
  • Language Modeling
  • New Teacher Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Proactive Methods for Guiding Child Behavior
  • Professionalism
  • School Readiness
  • Standards-based Teaching
  
WARNING: OUR WORKSHOPS ARE HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!

Check out course descriptions for some of our most popular sessions. Topics can be customized according to need or event theme.

We are excited about this partnership with NHSA to extend our provision of quality professional development and consulting services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs! Pre-service Training sessions are well underway and going well! Thank you, NHSA!


We need Ideal ECE, because children ARE our future!