Current Events:

NAEYC Professional Institute

The Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) staff recently attended the NAEYC Professional Institute. Jennifer Conkle, ACDS Regional Coordinator and I presented at the conference on June 13, 2012. At the conference, there was a great deal of positive feedback regarding the program. WV is considered a leader in applying the apprenticeship model to the field of early education and at the conference information was given on the ACDS program. It was an honor to represent our state at the National Conference and hopefully open other doors as well as assist other states with implementation of the program in their states.

Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer

The WV Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist program was recently invited to participate and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act in Washington, D.C. The program was presented the 21st Century Trailblazers and Innovative Program award. Jennifer and I graciously accepted the certificate and briefly spoke with Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor regarding our program. We also spoke with a program representative from Maryland who is interested in implementing a similar program in that state. It was a great opportunity to represent our state as well as market the success of our program.

DOL Award