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Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.

CADDO KIOWA TECHNOLOGY CENTER (CKTC) IN FORT COBB, OKLAHOMA, provides training in more than 20 programs for adults and high school students. The high school students, from 14 school districts in Southwest Oklahoma, may enroll in their junior and senior years. Among the programs offered at CKTC is the early childhood development and services program. It is a Three Star Program, which means that it meets more than just the minimum licensing requirements; it is not only nationally accredited, but it includes additional quality criteria. CKTC is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and, in addition, the early childhood development program is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs.

The 2,100-hour program has summer and evening classes and online classes available as part of Early Education: Pathway to CDA (Child Development Associate, a national credential). The courses include Providing for Children's Health and Safety, Promoting Good Nutrition, Providing an Environment for Learning, Applying Child Development Concepts, Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Developing Program Plans, Involving Parents and the Community, and Maintaining Record Keeping.

There are two units on guiding children, and three courses on caring for children of different ages. There is also a unit on caring for special needs children. The last three units are Preparing for the Role of Master Teacher, Developing as an Early Education Professional, and Preparing for CDA.

College credit is also available in the program through cooperative agreements between CKTC and Redlands Community College and Western Oklahoma State College. The college courses available are Behavior and Guidance of Young Children; Child Growth and Development; Special Needs Children; Parent and Community Relations; Music, Movement and Creative Arts; Nutrition, Health and Safety; Portfolio Development; and Program Planning.

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The Obama Administration's Early Childhood Initiative notes that the years before a child reaches kindergarten are among the most critical in his or her life to influence learning, and the President is urging states to develop programs to improve outcomes and opportunities for children and to impose high standards for early childhood education. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are also working together to ensure that our children will have "a strong foundation in both the educational and the social-emotional domains that provide children with the preparation they need to enter kindergarten ready for success."

The Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is helping build the education foundation for students in the early childhood development and services program that will in turn help them meet the challenge for building the strong foundation for their own young students.

For more information about Caddo Kiowa Technology Center and its early childhood development and services program, visit wwvLf.caddokioufa.com.

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