IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

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.

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GET YOUR CDA CREDENTIAL

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

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OBTAIN A COLLEGE DEGREE

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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START A PROGRAM

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.

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WHAT'S NEW

STEP UP TO QUALITY (SUTQ)

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.

March In To Kindergarten

March In To Kindergarten has resources to help child care and early education programs register children for kindergarten early! Click here to get started

MAGIC HELPERS BOOK

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.

NEED A JOB OR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL?

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.

ALERTS
    IMPORTANT! ALL EARLY EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS! You must have your own individual Ohio Professional Identification Number (OPIN), not a number registered by your center. These numbers are required for all training classes. Register online at www.opdn.org and click on “Create a Profile.” You can search for and sign up for classes at this same site, under PD Track once you have your OPIN number.
    CANCELLATIONS. If inclement winter weather has you wondering if your training class has been canceled, you’ll find this information at WKYC, Channel 3 Alert System, WEWS Channel 5 Closing Connection or by calling Starting Point at 216.575.0061 or 800.880.0971, Ext 318 For the Community
    Starting Point’s new book for early childhood teachers, Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in Early Childhood Settings. Will help you understand why boys’ brains work differently and what you can do to help them succeed. Based on the Starting Point Boys’ Project.
    Reserve your Wired to Move copy.
Call the Starting Point Parent Hot Line for information on these programs: 216.575.0061, 800.880.0971 (toll-free) or TTY 800.750.0750.