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CAA-ECE Membership

CAA-ECE is a 501(c)3 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 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 in the Consortium.

Consortium Member

Standard Membership
Available to individuals

$75
Annually

This level of membership provides:

  • Information regarding current changes in the field

  • Upcoming events and educational opportunities

  • Opportunities for advocacy

  • Discounted training opportunities

  • Personal legal services

Requirements to Join:

  • Current involvement or interest in the field of early education

  • OPIN number is required for Ohio quality approved credit (QA)

Consortium Associate Membership

Available to centers committed to quality improvement documented by an increase in ratings and practices.

Application Required

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 CAA-ECE On Boarding Tool

  • CAA-ECE Consultation Services & (TA) Technical Assistance

    • ​Discounted training opportunities

    • Discounted coaching

    • Discounted Licensing compliance assistance

    • Staff Supports

  • Personal and business legal services

Requirements to Join:

  • Current operation of a licensed program with defined goals to increasprogram 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:

  • 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.

  • Director & Lead Teacher Education minimum requirements are CPL 3, CDA.

  • A completed Developmental and Educational Goals plan to increase education is required for this membership level. 

  • A signed MOU 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) with a program improvement plan, and documented compliance, qualify for a fast track to increase their rating to 3 stars.
 

Consortium Affiliate Membership

Available by application to centers operating at 3-5 star rating with documented practices and compliance. Allows an approved center to qualify as an apprenticeship site.

Application Required

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) Technical Assistance

  • Apprenticeship Affiliate Site

  • Internship Affiliate Site 

  • Train the Trainer Adult training certification assistance 

  • Apprentice recruitment assistance

  • Onboarding cost assistance

  • Safety Training assistance

  • Assigned Apprentice Specialist 

  • Licensing compliance assistance

  • Staff Supports

  • Personal and business legal services
     

Requirements to Join:

  • Current operation of a licensed three – five star rated program with experience and defined goals to increase and maintain program quality.

  • Desired Director and Lead Teacher experience includes 15 years’ experience operating a licensed program.

  • Adherence in practice with documentation of implementing ongoing licensing inspection compliance is required.  

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

  • 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)

  • Ongoing Directors committee meeting attendance is required  

  • A signed MOU

  • Director and Lead Teacher Education, BA in ECE, Associate degree in ECE or CPL 4 – 5 with experience

*Minimum Three Star Rating Required*

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