Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

When deciding where to go to receive your Early Childhood Education (ECE) and obtain your Child Development Associate credential (CDA) choose Apollo’s Adult Education.
Apollo Adult Early Childhood Education coursework is Ohio Approved/SUTQ (Step Up to Quality), highly accredited, recognized by the US Dept. of Post-Secondary Education, and you may be eligible for full financial aid for the 600-hr. program.

Why the CDA is the Best First Step
This program is a key stepping stone on the path to career advancement. It’s designed to prepare students to successfully complete the requirements for the national recognized CDA credential. When you obtain your CDA through Apollo you will know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children birth to five years old.

Benefits of the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

  • Advance your career and salary
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Increase your confidence
  • Become a childcare teacher, childcare provider, preschool teacher or childcare center director

600 hour program

Students receive 120 hours of high quality classroom training and 480 hours of required practical experience in paid/unpaid student teaching at an area child care center. Hours will vary. A routine physical, immunizations and a criminal background check are required prior to taking part in the practical experience. Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Tuition includes textbooks, supplies, communicable disease training, first aid, CPR and child abuse prevention training. Upon successful completion of the ECE program, the student will be eligible to test for the CDA Credential.


Apollo also offers a 120 hour program

This option is for those students seeking 120 hours of high quality classroom training only. It does not include the required practical experience. The student is responsible for the additional 480 hours of documented fieldwork. Tuition includes textbooks, supplies, communicable disease training, first aid, CPR and child abuse prevention training. Upon successful completion of the ECE program, the student will be eligible to test for the CDA Credential. For more information CLICK HERE.

Early Childhood Education Manager

Wendy Fannin

Phone: (419) 998-2985
Fax: (419) 998-2994
Email: wendy.fannin@apollocc.org

Hello, my name is Wendy Fannin. I have been involved in  Early Childhood Education (ECE) since 1995.

I enjoy working with adult learners as they develop and learn.

It has been my goal to help people obtain their Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).

I feel my honesty and integrity, combined with my experience and commitment to professionalism and our highly qualified, experienced,  helpful teaching staff has allowed our ECE/CDA students to achieve their goals.

Call me today to learn more about obtaining YOUR CDA Credential!

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Part Time Continuing Ed (Child Abuse, etc.)

ECE 600-Hr Course

Start – End:  09/06/18 – 05/16/19
Days: Thursdays, plus some additional days
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Total Hours:  600 hours (37 weeks; 480 childcare center hours and 120 classroom hours)
Total Tuition & Fees:  $3,724   *Includes cost of CDA Exam
Tuition and fees cost breakdown

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ArrowSTEP 1:  Contact the Program Manager to schedule a meeting by clicking “Meet the Manager”.
This is an opportunity to find out more about the program, tour the facility, meet other staff, and discuss
program requirements.

Do you have testing anxiety or would like to refresh your skills in the classroom?  Try Study Tables!  It’s free!
ArrowSTEP 2: Begin your financial aid by filling out the FAFSA at home. Click Here
You can do this at any time; even before Step 1.
ArrowSTEP 3: Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter, email, or phone call.
ArrowSTEP 4: Make an appointment to meet with the financial aid manager.   Financial aid
This is when you will find out how much financial aid you are eligible for, and discuss your payment options.

Early Childhood Testimonials

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“Just wanted to let you know I received my CDA! I’m super excited. Thank you for all of your hard work and support in helping me to acheive this goal. I am extremely proud of myself and just wanted you to share in my accomplisment as you deserve most of the credit for preparing me.” With Much Gratitude, –Michelle B

“I want to impact children in a positive way and my Early Childhood Development class was a fundamental key to this. The skills I have gained from this course have made me better prepared for any situation that may arise. Children are our most precious gift as they are our future. I learned as a teacher that my work in the classroom matters and I do make a difference in each child’s life.” –Terry Downey

“I took the Early Childhood full time class and within three weeks of volunteering at the center that Apollo sent me to, I was hired. The course itself is amazing! Wendy is a wonderful teacher and tons of fun. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in early child development.? –Sarah Smith

“A quality program with a relaxed learning atmosphere.” –Cindy D.

“An easy transition back into a college classroom setting.” –Stacy M.

“The advisor is very helpful and informative and helped us walk through the steps to obtain our CDA.” –Kim B.

“Becoming a CDA gave me, and continues to give me, great pride and self-esteem. I feel competent to work with young children.”

“I see each child as an individual and try to help him improve the skills that he has. I listen to the child, observe, and then assess his skills.”

“The choice to work with young children and their families is one of the most important career decisions that one can make in our society. It is a choice of profound importance to the critical early years. A society that provides for young children will reap the benefits of their successful development.”