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Educare is a state funded initiative that provides resources, technical assistance and training opportunities, at free or reduced costs, to child care providers with an emphasis on family home providers.
The Educare Vision
Quality early care and education, parenting and health care are essential to children’s growth and development.
The Educare Mission
To promote school readiness by establishing linkages in policy, program and practice that will ensure all children receive a solid foundation for success in school and life.
Educare funding is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section
Home Visiting is a state funded initiative that links eligible families to services and resources within their community to help encourage child development and healthy families.
To participate in the Home Visiting Program, a family must have a child less than three years of age in the home, and a household income under 185% of poverty.
Additionally, the parent must meet any one of the following requirements:
* Funding for the Home Visiting Program is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section for the counties of Cape Girardeau, Scott, Mississippi, Bollinger and Perry in Southeast Missouri.
* In addition, Community Caring Council sub-contracts with Educare Programs to provide Home Visiting Services in Cape Girardeau, County
Child Development Associate Preparatory Class (CDA) is a local initiative funded by the United Way of Southeast Missouri for adults who have a strong desire to work in childcare. The CDA Credential is nationally recognized and is a stepping stone on a path of career advancement in Early Childhood Education.
The class is based on a core set of competency standards that is designed to guide the student to become a qualified teacher of young children. This is a hands-on class which teaches the students how to put these core competencies into practice and understand why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to the next. The students will learn not only how to care for the physical needs of children but how to nurture the emotional, intellectual, and social development of children and why it is so important. The skills these students will learn in class can be incorporated in the early childhood classroom in which they work improving the quality of childcare in Southeast Missouri which in turn improves school readiness and retention rates in elementary and secondary education.
In order to enroll in Educare Programs – Child Development Associate Preparatory Class a student must be a high school graduate and have a strong desire for a career in childcare. Please call Educare Programs Office for more information.
Educare Programs Office
Dept. of Child and Family Studies
College of Education, Health, and Human Studies
301 N. Clark
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701