Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program

 Enrolling in an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program will prepare child care teachers to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, as well as provide practice experiences, including coaching, mentoring, and additional preparation for CLASS® observations. Lead Teachers who have not already met Ancillary Certificate requirements will be given priority for admission into the programs and for scholarships. 

There are currently four approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Programs, it is expected additional programs will begin in spring 2017. Once you select 1 of the approved programs, they will provide you with the Louisiana Pathways Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program Scholarship application.  You will submit class enrollment and scholarship information back to your chosen program and they will submit it to Pathways on your behalf.

The following teacher preparation programs have been approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to offer coursework as an approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program.

1.  CDA Enhanced Experience - Agenda for Children

Program contact: JoAnn T Clarey

Parish: Orleans

Phone: 504.427.2287

Email: Jclarey@agendaforchildren.org

Website: Agendaforchildren.org


2. Children’s Coalition Institute- Children’s Coalition

Program contact: Leslie Boose

Parish: Ouachita 

Phone: 318-323-8775

Email: Lboose@childrenscoalition.org

Website: www.childrenscoalition.org  


3.  Northwestern State University Child and Family Network

Program contact:  Nancy Alexander and Paula Youngblood

Parish: Caddo/Bossier, Natchitoches, Rapides

Phone:  800-796-9080 or 318-677-3176

Email:  nancya@nsula.edu 

Website:  cfn.nsula.edu   


4. Teacher Institute- Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge

Program contact:  Karen Powell

Parish: East Baton Rouge 

Phone:  225-926-8005

Email:  teacherinstitute@voagbr.org

Website: www.voagbr.org/child-care-resource-and-referral