Early Foundations Program

Cohort 1 FULL: March 18-July19
Cohort 2 FULL: April 22-August 16
Cohort 3 FULL: May 13-September 6
Cohort 4 FULL: June 3-September 27
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Early Foundations Program

Calling all early childhood educators who are new to the profession or in a new position to join our dynamic Early Foundations virtual cohort, where the buzz is all about Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and the art of connecting with young children!  Dive into a world of innovative learning and collaborative growth as we navigate the exciting landscape of child development together. In addition to the skills and knowledge obtained, participants that successfully complete the program are eligible for a $1,000 completion stipend while funding is available. Let's turn your passion for early childhood education into a rewarding adventure!

Program Goal

New staff and/or staff in new positions will gain immediate skills needed to feel supported and be successful in the classroom even before achieving a CDA or degree. Busy Program Directors and administrators enrolling new staff in the Early Foundations Program will benefit by reducing your in-classroom onboarding time and be confident your new staff are knowledgeable in Developmentally Appropriate Practices and necessary classroom management skills.

Participant Eligibility

Participants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Staff without a CDA or degree in early childhood education/child development
  • Staff who are in their first 2 years of employment in a licensed child care program OR who have been in their position/role less than 2 years
  • Participants must be able to maintain an openness to new ideas, a willingness to think differently, and a dedication to doing what is best for young children.

Program Information

  • Participants will complete a 4-month training and support cycle
  • 2 hours of training per month
    • Topics include but not limited to: Welcome to the ECE profession, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, principles of child development and learning, strengthening relationships with families, positive guidance, and more.
  • Biweekly virtual coaching and individualized support
  • Additional coaching and support are available upon request
  • Participants schedule their training and coaching sessions for times that fit into their schedule
  • All participants will receive a “Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Profession” gift bag that includes:
    • A Michigan AEYC tote bag
    • A free standard membership to Michigan AEYC for a year
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8, Fourth Edition
    • A reflection journal
    • And more!
  • BONUS: Participants that successfully complete the program are eligible for a $1,000 completion stipend while funding is available!

Contact and Enrollment Information

  • For more information or to join the waitlist for cohort openings, please contact Michelle Daniels at mdaniels@nullmiaeyc.org