Whether you're a center-based or family child care home professional, Starting Point offers free professional development opportunities, workshops and training classes on hundreds of topics. Start by registering for an OPIN number at www.opdn.org. Classes are easy to find online. These classes help you grow your skills, obtain credentials and start you on a career path.
Earn the nationally-recognized Child Development Associate CDA credential and chances are you’ll be in demand by families and early childhood administrators alike. Starting Point’s CDA Preparation Program gives you the specialized training, support and resources you need to pass the CDA assessment and turn your job into a profession. Scholarships for CDA assessments are available through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®OHIO.Invest in Children
Interested in obtaining an Associate or Bachelor’s degree? T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®OHIO, provides scholarships to assist early childhood professionals in earning Associate or Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education through participating colleges. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses. Follow the link for a video about T.E.A.C.H. ("Who's at School Today?")
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We’re looking for people who love children to start quality child care centers or family child care homes. Our free workshops, support and consultation will help with everything from the required training to acquiring credentials and setting up your center of family child care home. Once you’re underway, we’ll list your program in our database to provide needed referrals and marketing.
This fall, this State of Ohio quality-rating program offers an expanded rating system of 1-5 stars. Find out more at jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/stepUPQuality.stm.
Young children love this book that shows them how to be resilient in the face of life’s challenges. Its teacher/parent supplement Building Blocks shows you how to reinforce the book’s lessons in the classroom.Order your set here.
If you’re looking for a job in early childhood—or if you’re looking for people to fill jobs in the field, you’ll want to look into our Job Bank. You’ll find listings of available positions in the field—or you can list the open jobs in your center. We also offer career counseling.Contact Starting Point for more information.