Develop yourself as a professional
Meaningful professional development, from valuable trainings to credentials and degrees, is essential to advancing in your career as an early childhood professional. From introductory trainings to college degrees, ongoing education gives you the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible learning experiences for the children you serve.
Child Care Answers Professional Development
Child Care Answers provides professional development support to you via face-to-face trainings and live webinars on a variety of topics. This includes a curriculum for those seeking their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential . Online trainings and webinars are available through a number of resources, including Training Central.
Child Care Answers works closely with other organizations throughout the state, who can help you identify the numerous resources available to help you obtain an additional credential or degree.
Partnerships for Early Learners
Partnerships for Early Learners is committed to quality opportunities for young learners – and the professionals who support them. An investment in the adults most present in young people’s lives – families and educators – is an investment in the future. Connect with Partnerships for Early Learners to find trainings and conferences that build your skills, pursue a degree or credential program, and update your program listing to connect with more families seeking care.
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (Indiana AEYC)
Indiana AEYC is a statewide organization that provides members with access to conferences and professional development opportunities. Indiana AEYC coordinates the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, which can provide financial support for child care providers pursuing a CDA credential, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree.
Local colleges and universities
Various local colleges and universities offer programs where you can advance your education. You can enroll in associate’s degree instruction at Ivy Tech Community College , and some classes have transfer tracks to Ball State University’s bachelor’s degree program and IUPUI’s master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. You may also find distance learning or blended courses from other accredited colleges offering associate’s or bachelor’s degrees to fit your needs.