The philosophy of CCDP, Inc. is based on the belief that children learn best with nurturing and supportive teachers who encourage them to explore their environment. A well-designed learning environment filled with a rich variety of materials enables children to learn how to make decisions, solve problems and think independently. Our staff understands that each child’s development goes through predictable stages; each is unique and develops at his or her own pace.
Our teachers must meet one of the following criteria:
- Associate’s Degree in a related field
- Bachelor’s Degree with Elementary Teaching Certification
- C.D.A. or other early childhood certification with 3 years experience in early childhood education
- Complete 9 hours of course work in related areas with 3 years of experience in an early childhood setting.
Teachers are required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to obtain 15 hours of in-service training each year. Our teachers are encouraged to acquire more hours through attending professional development in courses on First Aid, CPR, Medical Administration Training (MAT), meeting the needs of the special child, child abuse, Shaken Baby Syndrome, behavior management and discipline, age-appropriate activities and appropriate supervision.