When we started in mid-2015, not one teacher in the Type III licensed child care centers (excluding Head Start) had a certification. By the end of 2017, after long hours of fulfilling all the requirements of the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ national credentialing program—including 120 professional training hours, completion of a professional portfolio, assessment and observation from the national CDA Council—we celebrate 9 of our early care teachers who have achieved this milestone. In January, 6 more teachers started the process of the CDA portfolio phase through our tuition-free assistance professional development training program delivered by our professional instructional coaches. In February, 12 more teachers  commenced the state board (BESE) approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate program at the BRCC New Roads campus to achieve a CDA. A teacher who recently achieved her CDA certification made this poignant statement to one of our coaches: “...when I began the process I didn’t think it was a big deal. Now that I have completed the process and received my certification I realize how important all my efforts were and how it will benefit the children we care for and teach.”