UWSC Community Initiatives Update for 10/22/14 | United Way of St. Charles

UWSC Community Initiatives Update for 10/22/14

Update on UWSC Community Initiatives for 10/22/14:

Success By 6® - We started our 4th year of the Success By 6® Child Development Associate (CDA) Creditial™ Training program on Saturday , October 4th!  We have 17 area child care center teachers enrolled for our 2014-2015 CDA class!  In the prior three years of the program, 52 local child care teachers have successfully completed our program and received their CDA Creditial™.  The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.  The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.  The program is a 12 month commitment and is currently being taught by Dr. Tamanika Odinga and held at St. Charles Parish Public Schools Central Office on Saturday mornings.  Dr. Odinga has 35+ years of experience in the field of early childhood education with her most recent position being Director of Early Intervention for the St. Charles Public School District.  In addition to her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, she also earned her Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education/Adult Learning Principles from Grambling University.

Healthy Community Initiative – 2014 brings a new initiative to United Way of St. Charles focused on Health!  In collaboration with the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation, we will be installing two new outdoor multi piece fitness stations near the existing walking trails in the West and East Bank Bridge Parks.  In addition, we will be kicking off our new initiative with the distribution of UWSC Health Packs to help you meet your personal health goals.

Financial Stability Initiative – The Creating Assets Savings and Hope (CASH) program will be accepting applications for new candidates starting on October 20th.  The focus of the program is to help low income working families acquire the skills necessary to build a brighter financial future for their family.  The program includes a 12 month financial education course, additional asset specific training, and an Individual Development Account component with a required monthly deposit and United Way match.  After applications are reviewed, qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview.  The selected candidates will be notified by mid-December and the new session will start in January 2015. For more information or to apply, please contact Kacy Kernan at 985.331.9063.