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Baton Rouge Community College to offer free Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate program for early learning center teachers

BRCC is accepting applications for its first cohorts of early learning center teachers in need of an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate – a soon to be minimum credential in Louisiana as of June 30, 2019. Courses will be taught at BRCC’s Acadian site, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway E., Baton Rouge and BRCC – New Roads, 605 Hospital Road. The Baton Rouge cohort can accept 20 students. The New Roads cohort has space for 15 students. This professional development program is free to qualified applicants and includes books and materials. Informational sessions will be held on Thursday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 8 in Baton Rouge, and Wednesday, Aug. 9 in New Roads. The sessions will begin at 6 pm. The cohorts will begin the first of their three 12-week courses on Aug. 29. The third course ends on June 12.

The Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate is a professional credential for lead teachers who are working in early learning centers to infants, toddlers or preschoolers. All lead teachers in publicly funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate as a minimum credential. The certificate is part of the broader effort to unify the early childhood system and professionalize the early learning teacher workforce. It will provide access to valuable resources such as School Readiness Tax Credits.

In the program at BRCC, the cohorts will take three courses over a 36 week period totaling 135 professional development hours. They will be taught the theories and methods to improve their abilities to document and assess children’s learning, develop responsive, integrated curriculum, enhance daily interactions with children and engage and support families. Individualized coaching sessions and the opportunity to apply learned practices in real classrooms will also be available.

Cohort applicants must be current employees of an early learning center, possess a high school diploma or equivalent and pass a criminal background check. Applications are available in the admissions offices of the Acadian and New Roads sites. Informational session attendance is strongly encouraged.