Quality Care Connections at Lane Community College Launches Inaugural Teacher Qualified Cohort: Step 6 Pathway

February 27, 2024
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EUGENE, Ore. — Quality Care Connections at Lane Community College is proud to announce the launch of its first Teacher Qualified Cohort, a transformative sixteen-week training series designed to propel early childhood educators to Step 6 on the Oregon Step Registry. This innovative program, focused on infant/toddler care, offers a comprehensive curriculum tailored to meet the evolving needs of childcare professionals.

The Teacher Qualified Cohort is a completely virtual 81-hour series, meticulously crafted to provide participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in the field of early childhood education. Upon completion, participants will have accrued all community-based training hours necessary to achieve Step 6 on the Oregon Step Registry, positioning them as leaders in the childcare industry.

"This cohort is more than just a training program; it's an opportunity for childcare professionals to come together, share experiences, and cultivate a community of excellence," said Training Specialist Alexandra Curtis at Quality Care Connections at Lane Community College. "We believe that by investing in the professional development of educators, we can elevate the standard of childcare and positively impact the lives of children and families."

The program curriculum includes:

  • 46 Set-Two Infant Toddler Hours covering critical areas such as human growth & development, learning environments & curriculum, and understanding & guiding behavior.
  • 6 Set-Two Hours with Observing Children, providing insights into observation & assessment techniques.
  • 29 Set-One Hours addressing topics such as diversity, family & community systems, and special needs.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m. (March to May) and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (March to June) via Zoom.

"We're excited to cover a wide range of topics, including working with infants and toddlers, fostering social-emotional development, and promoting inclusive practices," added Quality Improvement Specialist April-Kay Williams.

Interested participants are encouraged to complete an interest form at lanecc.edu/tqc by March 7, 2024.

Rebecca Long, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications

Lane Community College educates over 15,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $675 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 8,900 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.