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 eleven approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Programs, it is expected additional programs will begin in spring 2018. 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.  Baton Rouge Community College   
     Program contact: Gwendolyn Marks
     Parish: Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee
     Phone: 225-359-9225
     Email: marksg@mybrcc.edu
     Website: www.mybrcc.edu
2.  CDA Enhanced Experience - Agenda for
      Program contact: JoAnn T Clarey
      Parish: Orleans   
      Phone: 504.427.2287   
      Email: Jclarey@agendaforchildren.org
      Website: Agendaforchildren.org
3.  CDL Cornerstones        
      Program contact: Amy Poteet Poirier
      Parish: Plaquemines and Terrebonne        
      Phone: 504-840-9786      
      Email: apoteet@cdl.org    
      Website: www.cdl.org
4.  Children's Coalition Institute- Children's
      Program contact: Earnestine Dunn   
      Parish: Ouachita   
      Phone: 318-323-8775  
      Email: EDunn@childrenscoalition@.org
      Website: www.childrenscoalition.org
5.  Children First Professional Development
     Program contact: Falicia Coleman
     Parish: Calcasieu      
     Phone: 337-965-0424       
     Email: faliciachildrenfirst@aol.com  
     Website: www.childdevelopmenttrainingla.com
6.  Jefferson Parish Early Childhood
      Program contact: Julie Paley        
      Parish: Jefferson       
      Phone: 504-250-6843       
      Email: ec_cda@jppss.k12.la.us       
      Website: www.jeffersonchild.com
7.  LSU-Alexandria   
     Program contact: Susan Myrick   
     Parish: Rapides   
     Phone: 318-427-4470   
     Email: smyrick@lsua.edu
     Website: https://www.lsua.edu/
8.  LSU-Eunice   
     Program contact: Angela Greaud   
     Parish: Acadia, Evangeline, St. Landry  
     Phone: 337-550-1323   
     Email: abuchana@lsue.edu   
     Website: www.lsue.edu
9.  ON TRACK by 5 Alliance Ancillary Certificate
     Program contact: Paula Granger
     Parish: Lafayette   
     Phone: 337-521-7134  
     Email:  phgranger@lpssonline.com   
     Website: www.lpssonline.com/ontrackby5
10. Northwestern State University CDA
      Program contact: Nancy Alexander and Paula
      Parish: Shreveport, Alexandria and
      Phone:  800-796-9080 or 318-677-3176    
      Email: nancya@nsula.edu    
      Website: www.cfn.nsula.edu
11. Teacher Institute- Volunteers of America    
     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