Fifteen Latino child care providers, serving children in the city of Rochester, earned certificates for completing their 120-hour, Child Development Associate (CDA) credential coursework at the non-profit, adult education and community resource agency.
The organization offered its CDA training course in Spanish, for the first time, through its Latino services team.
“Child Care Council is excited to be graduating our first-ever class of Spanish-language CDA graduates – the largest Latino CDA class in the state outside of New York City,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “We are extremely proud to offer our training services to the local Latino provider community, and we look forward to continuing to provide our CDA class, and other training classes in Spanish.”
During the training, Mattle said providers learned how to meet the needs of the children they work with, and how to work with parents to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.
In addition, she said coordinator Hector Santiago, and four other Spanish-speaking staff members, comprised the Latino services team, which works to support child care providers, and ensure the council communicates effectively with limited English-proficient individuals in the community.
This was the Child Care Council’s 78th CDA graduating class.
The Child Care Council offers CDA courses throughout the year, and providers interested in learning more about the organization’s training services can visit the agency’s website at www.childcarecouncil.com, officials from the organization said.