Partnerships in Child Care Teacher Institute

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All Lead Teachers in Type III child care centers are required by the Louisiana Department of Education to have a Louisiana Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate from a state-approved program like our PICC Teacher Institute.

What is the Teacher Institute?

This exciting and supportive training program will begin its next cohort August 2024 - May 2025. Participants will complete 135 hours of coursework and receive step-by-step support to earn the CDA and the Louisiana Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate! The Teacher Institute is approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Who is eligible for the Teacher Institute?

Lead Teachers at Type III child care centers and registered family child care providers. Providers from all Greater Baton Rouge parishes are eligible to apply ( Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana).

When do Teacher Institute classes take place?

Classes are held virtually every Tuesday from 5 - 8 p.m. and some Thursdays 5 – 8 p.m. beginning in August and ending in May. There is a Professional Learning Community (PLC) scheduled once per month.  These are required meetings held in person in Baton Rouge.

When is the application due?

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1 and are due no later than Friday, June 14, 2024. The following documents must be completed at the time of application: Candidate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Director Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Louisiana Pathways Early Childhood Ancillary Scholarship Application, Louisiana Pathways Employee Verification, Louisiana Pathways Enrollment form, copy of diploma or GED and personal statement will be uploaded into your application.

by Enrolling in the teacher institute, you will:

    • Attend weekly classes virtually from the comfort of you home after work hours.
    • Learn in a supportive group from a caring team of professional trainers.
    • Receive on-the-job coaching to meet real-world classroom challenges.
    • Participate in in-person Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings to develop a CDA Professional Portfolio.
    • Take advantage of specialized access to PICC computer lab and resource room (if it is open).
    • Fulfill all CDA and Early Learning Ancillary Certificate course requirements.
    • Receive a pay stipend when successfully completing each learning module
    • Become the most effective teacher you can be!
7389 Florida Blvd., Suite 101A • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806-4657
Phone: (225) 926-8005
teacherinstitute@voascla.org