CN Career Services, Local Colleges Offer Child Care Courses | Services

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Career Services partners with local colleges to provide credentials for those seeking childcare certification.

The program offers two certification options: a certificate in child care training and a master’s certificate in child development.

“This certification is versatile,” said Taryn Taylor, Career Services Special Projects Officer. “It’s perfect for those interested in entering the child care field, as well as those with previous experience or currently working in child care.”

The tribe is currently expanding its child care and early years facilities and looking for more people to fill positions, which includes the opening of a recently announced $16 million daycare center near Pryor, Oklahoma.

“Recruiting child care students is key to filling upcoming positions with skilled workers,” Taylor said. “Career Services promotes the field of childcare by training as many people as possible.”

Career Services works with Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Northeastern State University to enroll individuals in appropriate courses.

Those who apply and are accepted into the college of their choice will participate in the following courses, also available online:

  • Carl Albert State College – Master’s Certificate in Child Development, 18 hours, two semesters; classes start fall 2022
  • Connors State College – Master’s Certificate in Child Development, 18 hours, two semesters; classes start fall 2022
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M – Master’s Certificate in Child Development, 18 hours, two semesters
  • Northeastern State University – began classes in March for an 8-week, 160-hour Child Development Associate’s degree course

Students who have applied and been accepted into one of the programs are eligible through Career Services for a stipend per credit hour and/or a laptop based on need.

The Participant Economic Assistance Payment is available to students at certain stages of their educational journey with a maximum of $1,000 per student.

With the expansion of child care and early childhood facilities across the Cherokee Nation, student recruitment is key to filling upcoming positions with skilled workers, Taylor said.

These positions may include Early Head Start and Head Start teacher assistant, preschool teacher assistant, parent educator, family support professional, daycare administrator, and state agency employee.

“Online courses overcome scheduling conflicts for those who work and need flexibility that traditional courses don’t offer,” Taylor said. “Career Services promotes the field of childcare by training as many people as possible.”

For more information, call Career Services at 918-453-5555.

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