La Paz/Mohave Professional Development Program


Quality, professional development opportunities in Western Arizona.

The La Paz/Mohave Professional Development Program (LPMPDP) provides quality community-based professional development opportunities in La Paz and Mohave Counties for providers serving children ages birth to five years of age.

Funding for the La Paz/Mohave Professional Development Program is provided by First Things First.

What the Professional Development Program Provides

The Professional Development Program provides different options, called Cohorts, for different professional needs.

Theme Cohort

Each academic year, a new early childhood theme is offered based on the topic requests of early care and education professionals in La Paz and Mohave Counties. The theme includes seven sequential seminars and one large gathering featuring a national speaker on the topic. Learning materials for classroom use are included based on the cohort objectives. The seminars are college quality without cost to the participants resulting in the option of college credit. The Cohorts are presented in four locations: Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Parker. Participants are invited to attend a local full-day early childhood conference with registration costs being covered by the Professional Development Program.

Leadership Cohort

A Community of Practice design offers directors, assistant directors and family child care home providers a new topic each year based on the leadership publications of Paula Jorde Bloom. The yearly topics are supported by the Bloom resource, Blue Print for Action: Achieving Center-Based Change through Staff Development. The Cohorts are presented in three locations: Bullhead City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City. A college credit option is available. Participants are invited to attend a local full-day early childhood conference with registration costs being covered by the Professional Development Program.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentialing Cohort

Early care and education professionals who have earned 120 content hours in the eight CDA Subject Areas required by the Council for Professional Recognition are eligible to participate. The seminars assist in the preparation of the CDA Portfolio, the CDA Exam and the CDA Verification Visit observation. Included, as part of the class, are the Council publications: The Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program and CDA Competency Standards; Essentials for Working with Young Children; and Essentials Workbook. The Cohorts are presented in three locations: Bullhead City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City. A college credit option is available. Participants are invited to attend a local full-day early childhood conference. The Professional Development Program pays all registration fees.

Child Development Associate (CDA) College Courses

The Association for Supportive Child Care, in partnership with Mohave Community College, offers 15 hour, one credit courses in preparation for the Child Development Associate Credential. Tuition is included. Enrollment with Mohave Community College at jics.mohave.edu is required. Course registration is completed by ASCC. Fall and spring course schedules are available upon request.

Travel assistance is available for early care and education professionals living in the more remote areas of La Paz and Mohave counties to attend the seminar series.

Scholarships are available to assist and encourage seminar participants to attend area conferences or workshops that might become available and meet training needs participants may have.

Eligibility

Participants must provide services (or plan to) for children ages birth through five in La Paz or Mohave Counties. Participants may be working in

  • Center Child Care
  • Family Home Child Care
  • Head Start
  • Early Head Start
  • School-Based Early Care Programs
  • License Exempt Family Home Child Care

Need Assistance?

For more information about the La Paz/Mohave Professional Development Program, please contact:

 928-453-5221 (Lake Havasu City)

 877-548-5220 (Toll Free)

 FAX: 928-453-5220

 Email: mchieffo@asccaz.org

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