IDEA students who love working with kids will now have a chance to turn that affinity into a well-paying career. Starting in January 2017, IDEA will offer a new credentialing program in early childhood education to provide students with training that would prepare them for a variety of careers in education, child care, and other child-centered fields. Students will take early childhood courses once a week and complete practical hours after school and during the summer. Once they've fulfilled the coursework and practical hours over a three-year period, students will be eligible to earn the Child Development Associate credential.
The early childhood education program is offered in conjunction with the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education's Career and Technical Education Department. Current 10th and 11th graders may apply to the early childhood program by contacting Ms. Briscoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.