Prime Time is serious about our role and responsibility to children as an Early Learning Center. In addition to ensuring that our Centers are safe and happy places for children, we work constantly to improve our Prime Connections education curriculum to include the most current Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Prime Time is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and carefully recruits and hires our teachers based on their formal education and knowledge, skills and dedication to the field of early childhood care and learning.
In addition to requiring that our Center Directors have accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, our centers meet or exceed all state education and professional credentialing regulations for teachers and assistant teachers for infants and young children through Pre-K.
To improve in the recruitment and retention of credentialed teachers, and as an incentive for non-credentialed Teaching Assistants to pursue specialized early childhood education, Prime Time offers annual financial incentives to our managers and teachers who have completed their Master’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and Associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and related fields, as well as their Child Development Associate certification.
For our teaching assistants who have not yet completed an education degree program, Prime Time provides in-house child care training and strongly encourages and support our teacher’s professional development as a nationally credentialed Child Development Associate (CDA). More than 25 Prime Time teachers have completed the nationally recognized CDA program which requires a combination of 600 hours of early childhood teaching experience, classroom training, in situ professional observations, and testing to be certified. In a CDA certificate program, student teachers get to study the fundamentals of early childhood education, child growth and development, child psychology, and health, safety, and nutrition for young children, among other education components. CDA Certificates must be renewed every five years to retain currency.
Prime Time pays the tuition costs for our non-degreed teachers and assistants to enroll in and attend the multi-month Child Development Associate training and credentialing program so that children in our centers receive the very best in care and education.