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CAA-ECE Membership

CAA-ECE is a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on developing educators through apprenticeships and internships. We have a vision to develop highly qualified staff to lead our centers and ensure that African American children and children of color are supported. Our members get access to professional development opportunities, mentorship, and resources to stay current on best practices in the field. 

The goals of membership are to increase quality, strengthen a collective voice within the field of early education and provide the business community with an ultimate goal of best outcomes for African American children, children of color and their families. Quality is defined by education and experience in the field of ECE. A program may be of good quality but not rated due to inequities in the field or by decision of the business owner, therefore, the SUTQ rating requirements guide our practice, but does not prevent involvement

Take a look at our levels of membership consider becoming a CAA-ECE member today:

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Consortium Member 

(Standard Membership. Available to individuals)

This level of membership provides:

  • Information regarind current changes in the field

  • Upcoming events and educational opportunities

  • Opportunities for advocacy

Requirements to Join:

  • Current involvement or interest in the field of early education. An OPIN number is required for Ohio quality approved credit (QA).

  • Director & Lead Teacher Experience (To ensure accountability for center operation)

Consortium Associate Membe

(Centers committed to quality improvement documented by an increase in ratings and practices)

This level of membership provides:

  •  Information regarding current changes in the field

  •   Upcoming events and educational opportunities

  •  Opportunities for advocacy

  •  Licensing type transitioning consultation

  •  Licensing compliance consultation

  •  Access to the Learning Management System (LMS)

  •  Access to the CAA-ECE On Boarding Tool

  •  CAA-ECE Consultation Services & TA

Requirements to Join:

  • Current operation of a licensed program with defined goals to increase program quality.

  • Director & Lead Teacher Experience (To ensure accountability for center operation)

    • ​New centers must create a Program Quality Improve plan to support an increase in ratings to a minimum one star by end of their first year of operation.

    • SUTQ One Star Rating Requirements: https://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/docs/1-Star-Req--Summary-FINAL-05042022.pdf

    • Centers rated at 1-2 stars must complete a Program Quality improvement plan to increase rating
      to a minimum of 3 stars.

    • Adherence in practice with documentation of implementing 1–2-star requirements and ongoing licensing inspection compliance is required.

    • Centers with a licensing rating of 1-2 stars for four (4) years and 3-5 years of experience
      operating a 1–2-star program (documentation required) to create a program improvement plan
      qualifies for a fast track to increase their rating to 3 stars.

  • Director & Lead Teacher Education

    • CPL 3

    • CDA

Consortium Affiliate 

(Centers operating at 3–5-star ratings and documented practices)

This level of membership provides:

  • Information regarding current changes in the field

  • Upcoming events and educational opportunities

  • Opportunities for advocacy

  • Access to the Learning management System

  • Access to the CAA-ECE On Boarding Tool

  • CAA-ECE Consultation Services & TA

  • Apprenticeship Affiliate Site

  • Internship Affiliate Site

Requirements to Join:

  • Current operation of a licensed program with defined goals to increase program quality.

  • Director & Lead Teacher Experience

    • 15 years’ experience operating a licensed program

    • Licensing rating of 3-5 star for five (5) consecutive years

    • Adherence in practice with documentation of implementing 3–5-star requirements.

    • Train the Trainer Adult training certification (documentation required)

    • Minimum Twelve hours of Creative Curriculum and Assessment training (documentation required).

    • Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Training (Documentation Required)

    • Centers rated at 1-2 stars must complete a Program Quality improvement plan to increase rating to a minimum of 3 stars.

    • Adherence in practice with documentation of implementing 1–2-star requirements and ongoing licensing inspection compliance is required.

    • Centers with a licensing rating of 1-2 stars for four (4) years and 3-5 years of experience

    • operating a 1–2-star program (documentation required) to create a program improvement plan

    • qualifies for a fast track to increase their rating to 3 stars.

  • Director and Lead Teacher Education

    • BA in ECE

    • Associate degree in ECE

    • CPL 4 – 5

Minimum Three Star Rating Requirements

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