Career Ladder Programs Afford ECE Members Opportunity To Fine-Tune Their Skills
Our 2017 Early Childhood agreement with the Day Care Council and New York City afforded CSA professional Early Childhood CBO members the ability to have a career ladder program (CLP) to assist in fine-tuning their skills. Collaboration with the Day Care Council has made the program a success. In early 2018, after much planning, some of our Directors and Assistant Directors applied for assistance through the program and have gone on to achieve new academic successes to further their careers. Presently, our college enrollment under the program has doubled.
CSA’s program paved the way for Angela Ariza-Bonilla, director of the Bellevue Educare Early Childcare Center in Manhattan, to graduate with honors with a degree in educational leadership with a bilingual emphasis from Queens College this summer. A director for five years, Ms. Ariza-Bonilla said she also passed the School Building Leadership exam, a license she hopes to use in the future.
“I gained a lot of knowledge and confidence,” she said recently. “It was an intense process but worth it. I’m more qualified now, and I feel more competent.
The exposure to research helped a lot – in community based organizations, you don’t get a lot of experience in learning about the research into what other schools have done. Most of my professors were superintendents and it was great to hear from them.”
Several other members will be graduating later this year and in the spring. The CLP also offers Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) workshops, and conferences. In 2018, we had 17 CTLE workshops and gave out over 395 hrs. of CTLE certificates. This year we are providing 18 CTLE workshops.
Twenty five directors attended conferences and raved about what they have gleaned from the experience. If you are one of our ECE members, please consider this program for your professional growth and development.
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