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Our Career Development Center provides comprehensive career development services to all current and aspiring early childhood professionals at no cost to the provider.

Nuestro Centro de Desarrollo Profesional ofrece servicios gratuitos e integrales de desarrollo profesional a todos los profesionales actuales y aspirantes a la primera infancia.

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Exploring Your Options

The field of early childhood is growing! Explore with us the dynamic range of opportunities to make an impact in the lives of children and families – both in and outside of the classroom.


Getting the Job

Whether you are unemployed, under-employed, changing careers, entering or re-entering the work force we will ensure you have the basic tools necessary to successfully market yourself to a potential employer.


Education and Advancement

A well prepared highly qualified workforce is essential for the growth and development of young children. Make a commitment to lifelong learning!

Early Childhood Workforce Scholarships

Do you work in an early childhood center? Would you like to earn a credential, certificate, two year, four year or graduate degree? Fill out our Scholarship Application to make an appointment with an early childhood Career Advisor to review your eligibility for one or more scholarships.

CDA Completion Program

Do you have a CDA Certificate but need your CDA Credential? Do you need support putting together your portfolio or preparing for the CDA Exam? This CDA completion program is for you!

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Test Prep

Join us for test prep sessions to prepare for the Teacher Certification exams

2024 CUNY School of Professional Studies CDA Information Sessions

Come to a virtual information session to learn more about the CDA certificate program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, offered in partnership with the Institute’s Career Development Center. The program prepares anyone interested in working with infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children (birth through age 5) to seek their CDA credential.

2024 CUNY School of Professional Studies CPAC Info Sessions

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) is recognized in New York State as the standard for measuring effectiveness in leadership, procedural supervision, and fiscal management for administrators of early childhood and school-aged children's programs. Come to a virtual information session to learn more about the online graduate-level, 18-credit program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, offered in partnership with the Career Development Center, leading to the CPAC.

NYC Public Schools Family Child Care Network Project

The Early Childhood Career Development Center is working with NYC Public Schools to support qualified family childcare providers to get a college credit-bearing CDA. This will be available at no cost to family and group family providers.

The Early Childhood Work Readiness Project

Are you under 25, looking for employment and hoping to work with young children? The NY Early Childhood Work Readiness Program is for you! Join the program to get the support and services you need to prepare you for a job as an assistant teacher, at no cost to you.

The Early Career Initiative

Do you love working with children? A child's entry into education should be one where they are surrounded by caring and credentialed professionals. If working with children from birth to five years old is your calling, The Early Career Initiative is interested in meeting you and supporting you on your path.

The ECE Employment Network

The Early Childhood Career Center has established an ECE Employment Network to connect employers and job seeking professionals at all levels. Apply to connect with one of our advisors.

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