On January 16th the parking lot was packed at the Healdsburg Community Center as the childcare provider training and licensing classes began, “All 60 spots were filled and we have 30 people on the waiting list,” said Ariel Kelley, CEO of Corazón Healdsburg.
The program is taught in English and Spanish in partnership with Sonoma County Adult Education, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County 4Cs and Corazón Healdsburg. Free childcare is offered to parents in the program and Martha Solorio’s child is one of 40 children benefiting from this service, “I’m hoping to get my certificate, and receiving free childcare at the same time allows me to attend the class" said Martha.
The four certificate courses include Child/Infant Development, Curriculum Development, State Licensing, and CPR/First Aid certification. While all of them are required to get the certificate, they don’t need to be taken consecutively which is why Corazón is encouraging applicants interested in the program to inquire about spaces opening up in February in Healdsburg or April in Santa Rosa.
In addition to financial incentives in the form of gift cards and scholarship stipends for low income residents taking time off of work to complete the program, the program is a first step in establishing residency for in-state tuition should newcomers want to continue their education at Santa Rosa Junior College.“This program is intended to expose our adult students to a variety of careers in early childhood that are available to them” said Kelley. “The goal is to increase the quality of childcare providers in the community, while also helping these women launch their own in-home daycare or get on the track to receiving an early childhood teaching credential from SRJC.”
Please contact Lizbeth Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-395-0938 or stop by Corazón’s office in Room 13 at the Healdsburg Community Center for more information.