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City Grant Helps Columbus State Better Prepare Early Childhood Teachers

Councilmember Elizabeth Brown Supports Measures to Increase Access to Quality Early Education

[COLUMBUS, OH]  With demand for early childhood teachers continuing to increase, the City of Columbus is providing a $90,000 grant to Columbus State Community College to provide a unique educational program for current teachers. Completion will help them meet more stringent standards being phased in at the state level.

“Access to high-quality prekindergarten is about not just today's children but also tomorrow's economic growth,” said City Council Education Committee Chair Elizabeth Brown. “Our partnership with Columbus State will help four dozen early childhood teachers who are already working with Columbus children to be more effective in the classroom and, ultimately, raise the bar for prekindergarten education in our City.”

The grant allowed the college to develop a pilot program for 48 early childhood teachers who are students in two identical cohort classes. Upon successful completion, those participants will each earn nine credit hours toward their Early Childhood Development and Education associate degree. It will also prepare them to take an assessment to earn their Child Development Associate credential, more commonly referred to as the CDA.

The CDA is an entry-level credential for early childhood teachers. A state-wide policy known as the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system will require providers to meet stringent guidelines by 2020, including employment of qualified teachers. All early childhood education programs funded by the state are required to participate in SUTQ.

If the Columbus State pilot program succeeds, it may be scaled up to serve up to 2,000 students over the next four years. The pilot classes, which began this week, will run through May 25:

  • Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm – CDA Prep (2 credits)
  • Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm – Social Emotional Development Curriculum (3 credits)
  • Thursdays, 4:30 – 8:30pm – Early Childhood Curriculum (4 credits)

Classes will be held simultaneously at these two locations:
Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Ave. and St. Stephen’s Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave.

Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown will stop by to speak briefly with students at each location on Wednesday, February 15. She will arrive at the Reeb Avenue Center at 5:30pm and at St. Stephen’s Community House at 6pm.

For additional information, contact:

David Wayne
Media Relations Coordinator

Matt Smydo
City of Columbus Assistant Director for Education