Child Connect for Family Success receives grant from the Flint Kids Fund.
Thank you to the Flint Kids Fund for $35,000.00 to support the Genesee County Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Scholarship Program.
The CDA Scholarship program will provide the interactive training needed for thirty (30) early childhood professionals to complete their education for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, thus increasing the number of educated and skilled early childhood workforce personnel in Genesee County. Enhancement of child development knowledge and skills can result in increased wages, an ongoing educational pathway and, most importantly, impact the children in families in their care. All classes will be held at the Cummings Great Expectation School in Flint.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. CDA recipients have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDA recipients know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children, resulting in positive developmental outcomes. Master level instructor, JoAnne Hatto states, “It is the best first step in professional development for early childhood personnel.”
About the Foundation for Flint
The Foundation for Flint, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, was established in 2016 to assist in Flint’s recovery from the water crisis. A 501(c)3 public charity, the Foundation for Flint raises and distributes resources to serve the long term health and development needs of Flint Children and their families. The Flint Kids Fund has distributed $7 million since its inception to safeguard the health of Flint children exposed to lead and support interventions that ensure they can lead healthy and productive lives.