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Learning Care Group Earns CDA Gold Standard

May 7, 2019

NOVI, Mich., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Learning Care Group has received the prestigious CDA Gold StandardSM – Comprehensive Award from the Council for Professional Recognition. This distinction signifies that Learning Care Group has successfully met the Council’s rigorous criteria for providing quality early childhood education training to students who prepare for the CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential and a career as an early childhood educator.

“As a leader in early childhood education and care, Learning Care Group is honored to be working with the Council for Professional Recognition as we underscore our commitment to career development for our talented associates,” said Judy Fimiani, Chief Human Resources Officer, Learning Care Group. “The CDA is a vital first step for our teachers’ career pathways, paving the way for many growth opportunities. LCG’s award-winning CDA Program provides a wonderful platform for students pursuing a teaching career to earn this important credential at their own pace – with the company’s full support every step of the way.”

“The CDA Gold Standard was created to assure value and integrity in the early childhood profession by verifying connections between the Council’s proven early education training competencies and the quality of training resources available to CDA students by organizations like theirs,” said Council CEO Valora Washington.

Earning the CDA Gold Standard requires evidence that early childhood education training and student services are based on the Council’s three industry-leading principles:

1. Alignment with the CDA formal education coursework found in the CDA’s Eight Subject Areas 2. Sound business policies and practices 3. Quality student services that meet their educational and professional needs

In addition to offering high-quality training, Learning Care Group demonstrated that it serves the CDA student community with excellence, which includes professional development that prepares them for the successful completion of their training programs. The CDA Gold Standard is valid for three years and can be renewed. Learn more about the CDA Gold Standard at www.cdacouncil.org

Supporting Career Growth and Development

To promote continued opportunities for career growth and life-long learning for its employees, Learning Care Group offers a fully funded teacher development pathway designed by its Training and Development Team. The company supports teachers through the completion of CDA coursework and achievement of the CDA credential to the next step: becoming an LCG Master Teacher.

The proprietary nine-month Master Teacher program enables specialization in early childhood education, along with the company’s exclusive curriculum and teaching methods. Certified Master Teachers serve as coaches, mentors and role models for their colleagues, sharing their expertise and best practices.

Teachers also are encouraged to utilize the company’s tuition reimbursement programs for college tuition. In addition, Learning Care Group supports the achievement and reimbursement of all CDA renewals.

“Our associates share a passion for learning and dedicate their lives to the education and care of children,” said Fimiani. “We’re elevating the professional experience for our team members by providing resources that empower them to prioritize their own development and growth.”

About Learning Care Group

Learning Care Group is a leader in early child education, with more than 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., the company provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through seven unique brands: Childtime Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. It operates more than 900 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a capacity to serve more than 130,000 children. Learning Care Group’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. Learn more about career opportunities at Learning Care Group by visiting www.learningcaregroup.com

Lydia Cisaruk Learning Care Group 248.697.9140 lcisaruk@learningcaregroup.com