United Way of Marion County Continues Funding

United Way of Marion County awarded Head Start $82,734 for the next two years.

Head Start is a federally funded program for children and their families. The federal funding for Head Start is 80% of the programs budget, the program is required to obtain the remaining 20% from the local community.

Head Start prepares children and their families for school success. The program provides early learning classrooms to eligible children aged six weeks through age five. Children are assessed throughout the school year. The assessment results and lesson plans are shared with the parent(s) of the child, the teachers of the child and the assigned Family Service Advocate. Together the parent(s), teachers and family service advocate develop a plan that bet fits the child’s needs.

To read the full article in the Ocala Star Banner click on the following link

To learn more about Head Start or how you can help Head Start please contact Brandi Cooney at bcooney@cdsi.org or 352-629-0055, Extension 353.

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IACET Reaccredits CDS

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded reaccreditation status to CDS! IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

“Childhood Development Services, Inc., is proud of our education programs which train over 2500 Early Child Care Professionals each year in important educational and professional development skills, so that our participants stay on the cutting edge,” stated Shatasha Jones, Training and Professional Development Director. “Our renewed partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization, as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Childhood Development Services, Inc., as an Authorized Provider,” stated Michael Todd Shinholster, President of IACET and Founder and Principal Consultant of Culture Bridge and a Lecturer of International Business at Kennesaw State University in Woodstock, GA. Shinholster added, Childhood Development Services, Inc., joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure that the highest possible standards are met.”

In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, CDS completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard, addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs.


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Thank you Cody’s in The Villages

On August 6, 2013 Cody’s hosted a fundraiser for our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Cody’s provided food and entertainment for guests with a lakeside view. Guests donated $5.00 to our programs and Dunning Shaw put on a great show for everyone. At the event $350.00 were raised to assist the programs with a local match requirement.

Thank you again to Cody’s and Dunning Shaw.

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Dunning Shaw

Dunning Shaw

Guests enjoying food and entertainment

Guests enjoying food and entertainment

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Council on Accreditation

Council on Accreditation (COA), released a statement regarding the re-accreditation of CDS. Accreditation is a tremendous achievement recognizing our agency. CDS continues to successfully implement high performance standards and delivers the highest quality services to all of our stakeholders.

In notification COA states ” You should all take enormous delight in continuing to be part of COA’s Community of Excellence.”

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The Gainesville Sun Visits Early Head Start

The Gainesville Sun visited the Early Head Start Program on Friday. Early Head Start educates children aged zero – three years of age and assist the child’s family with becoming self-sufficient.  Pregnant mothers can also enroll in the Early Head Start program. To apply for the program contact gwatson@cdsi.org.

Click on the link below to view great photos of children learning and engaging with their parents and teachers.

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CDS Supports United Way of Marion County

CDS attended the United Way of Marion County Kickoff celebration on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.  The CDS Head Start program receives United Way funding to assist with the $3.1 million match requirement. The Head Start program prepares children and their families for school success. If you have a passion for education and want to make a difference contact us at 629-0055, 353 or bcooney@cdsi.org.

Click on the link below to view the Star Banner article covering the United Way of Marion County Kickoff. http://www.ocala.com/article/20120911/ARTICLES/120919933

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BOOKS! Project receives Target Grant

Childhood Development Services Head Start and Early Head Start programs received a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). The grant will purchase books for children enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Head Start Programs are an early education opportunity for children under age five.

The Head Start Programs directly operated by CDS or subcontracted through CDS serve a minimum of 1,348 children in a school year. The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

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412 High School Graduates Certified

The State Mandated Training Program worked with nine high schools in Marion, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Lake Counties to provide training to students. 412 high school students participated in Florida State Mandated Child Care Training.  The students graduated from high school with the training required to work in the  child care industry.

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1605 Children Educated

CDS Head Start and Early Head Start Programs educated 1605 children in 2014-2015.

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Get your Online CEU Training for Child Care Now!

CDS offers Online CEU Training for $10 per class.
Classes include Scaffolding Play Experiences and Beyond Cribs & Rattles-Module one zero-eight months and Module two, eight – eighteen months.
For more information please complete the form below and select State Mandated Training and Other Training as the recipient. Or contact the Training Department at 352-629-0055, Extension 239 or 246.

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