The West Virginia registered Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program is based on a professional partnership between child care providers and their employers. It is a teaching program where apprentices “learn by doing.” A blending of classroom work and on-the-job training provides professional growth for providers. It also enhances the quality of care that their employers offer to the community. For more information on the ACDS program, visit www.wvacds.org
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&R)
A Resource & Referral Agency is a local non-profit organization involved in supporting child care services. In WV, the R&R Agencies manage the subsidy program, link parents with child care options, provide consumer information, offer technical assistance and training to providers, and inform parents of other resources in their community.
View the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Map for address and contact information.
Be sure to check out the quarterly newsletter for your R&R Agency to access general information and provider training information!
- Catholic Charities CCR&R : Brooke, Hancock, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel counties
- Choices CCR&R : Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Harrison, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, and Wood counties
- Connect CCR&R : Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, and Roane counties
- Link CCR&R : Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, and Wayne counties
- MountainHeart North CCR&R : Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Pendleton, Hardy, Grant, Tucker, Barbour, Taylor, Preston, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties
- MountainHeart South CCR&R : Braxton, Webster, Pocahontas, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Wyoming, Mercer, and McDowell counties
Early Care Share WV
Early Care Share WV is the “go-to” website designed to share information, cost savings, and management resources to help early childhood students and professionals access up-to-date information and manage their programs more efficiently and effectively. Free membership provides you with access to forms, handbooks, policies, cost savings, classroom material templates, and more. Visit the Early Care Share WV website at www.earlycaresharewv.org
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WV Association for Young Children
WVAYC is the state association for early childhood professionals in West Virginia. WVAYC is an affiliate of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). Visit www.wvayc.net for more information!
WV Family Child Care Association
The West Virginia Family Child Care Association is a non-profit organization that provides support and services for family child care providers who want to provide quality child care in WV. For more information on the WVFCCA, please visit www.westvirginiafamilychildcare.com
WV Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association
The West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association is the state association for infant/toddler mental health. This association focuses on the development of infants and toddlers within the context of relationships and recognizing mental health issues for infants and toddlers. There is also an endorsement certificate available.
Visit www.nurturingwvbabies.org for more information!
WV STARS Pathway Advancement Scholarship
This is a scholarship opportunity available to child care providers and directors working in a licensed child care center, licensed child care facility, or registered family child care home. Visit www.wvstars.org/scholarship for more information!
WV STARS Pathway to Earnings
Increased earnings opportunities are available to individuals with qualifying certificates or degrees who are working in licensed child care or family child care. Visit www.wvstars.org/earnings for more information!