Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) Completion Ceremony
July 25, 2022
Delgado Community College hosted its first Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate and Child Development Associate (CDA) completion ceremony on June 30 in the Timothy K. Baker Theatre. Celebrating alongside the students were faculty and staff from Delgado Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) and Workforce Development. Also attending were representatives of Total Community Action, Inc. (TCA) and several childcare centers.
The graduating students received special recognition and congratulations for completing three college courses--CDYC 109, CDYC 110, and CDYC 113--which are also equivalent to 135 clock hours of training (45 clock hours per course). The course completions contributed to students earning their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate. The coursework can also be applied toward the CDYC Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree as a career path.
Requirements for the program consisted of students working at a publicly funded Type III early learning center for at least six months, and active participation in the Louisiana Pathways Scholarship program.
“The turnout was fantastic,” said Lisa Darby Melson, CDYC Department Chair and Professor. “Everyone enjoyed the student testimonials, family participation, the beautiful program, and most importantly the students.”
Kim Tubre, Director of Corporate, Community and Continuing Education for Delgado Workforce Development, addressed the students with words of welcome and encouragement. Thema H. French, TCA President/CEO, offered words of inspiration.
Student testimonials were given by Pamela McMath of TCA and Anya Taylor of Kingsley House.
Racquel Hayes McKay, CLASS Reliable Observer, introduced the keynote speaker, Lisa Darby Melson, CDYC Department Chair and Professor.
Certificates were presented by Kisha Davis and Catherine Robin, CDYC Instructors, and Racquel Hayes McKay and Kedra Gray, CLASS Reliable Observers.
Closing remarks were given by Catherine Robin.
A photo gallery from the event is available online.
Total Community Action, Inc. Students
Stephanie Cockerham - Rayne Early Childhood Program
Zuymeys Escalona - Pearlie H. Elloie Head Start Center
Tiffany Guy - Carrollton Dunbar Head Start Center
Tracy Hemphill - TCA @ Mahalia Jackson Center
Jessica Prater Jefferson - Gentilly East Head Start Center
Pamela McMath - It Takes a Village Child Development Center
Diamond Palmer - Viney Reynolds Child Development Center
Peggy Patterson - Pearlie H. Elloie Head Start Center
Reyna Paz - TCA @ VIET Child Development Center
Corielle Washington - Gentilly East Head Start Center
Claudia Williams - It Takes a Village Child Development Center
Whitney Williams - Carolyn Green Ford Head Start Center
Jaylin Butler - Kingsley House
Amber Chatman - Little Learners
Perchaneika County - Creative Kidz East
Aquasia Edwards - Kingsley House
Kaila Jackson - Winn’s Discovery
Davine Jackson - Winn’s Discovery
Nicole Miller - Carbo’s Learning
Anya Taylor - Kingsley House
Annjaleika Thompson - Little Learners