Do you want to start your teaching career?


The Early Childhood Pathway program assists you in getting training and credentials to be a highly qualified Early Educator. Battle Creek early childhood businesses are struggling to find qualified employees. There are many entry-level ECE job opportunities in the area, with access to earn credentials while working.

Who is eligible: Must be 18 years or older, living or working in Battle Creek with a desire to work with children birth to five years of age.

What: The goal is for each participant to complete the entry-level credential – Child Development Associate (CDA)

Why: To start your career in early childhood education. The CDA credential assesses Early Childhood Educators by using several sources of evidence, including an exam, observation and a professional portfolio. In earning a CDA, an educator has opportunities for career advancement, higher wages, and professionalism.

When: Start at any time. Work at your own pace. Average time to finish CDA is 8-9 mos.

Where: This can be done in your own home or workplace. Everything can be provided online with option of in person, if desired.

How: Call or email the Early Childhood Pathway Navigator to set up a time to get information and get enrolled in Pathway program.

Perks of the Pathway Program:

  • CDA cost is completely funded through a generous grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation.
  • Coaches/Facilitators available to guide you with completing CDA.
  • Assistance in applying for CDA, FAFSA, KCC and TEACH scholarship
  • Assistance setting up verification visit and exam.
  • Participant pay for completing up to 100 course hours needed for CDA

Top Five Reasons Working with Kids is awesome…

  1. Watch children learn and thrive in your care.
  2. Be appreciated by parents and families.
  3. Every day is different, it’s never boring!
  4. Continuing education and career advancement opportunities are available.
  5. Make a difference in the future of your community while having fun with kids every day.

What is required to get CDA?

  • 120 course hours (equivalent of 8 college credit hours)
  • 480 experience hours with young children
  • Professional Portfolio as prescribed by CDA Council
  • Proctored exam
  • Observation in an early childhood setting by a Professional Development Specialist
For More Information

Lisa Farrell, Early Childhood Pathway Navigator