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The People as Teachers in Training (PATT) Program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to work as part-time education aides while receiving comprehensive training to obtain their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

We understand that life can be busy, so our part-time positions allow you to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of early childhood education, all while pursuing your dream career.

Join the PATT program today and take the first step towards a rewarding career in early childhood education. Embrace your passion, gain practical experience, and unlock a world of possibilities as a full-fledged teacher. Don't let anything hold you back from making a difference – PATT is here to support your journey towards success!

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Step Forward is now accepting applications for its next PATT cohort!

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What to Expect

Work as a part-time Education Aide

Those hired as part-time Education Aides will work up to 20 hours per week inside a Head Start classroom, assisting the teachers and assistant teachers with meeting child development goals and curriculum implementation. This will also help fulfill the required 420 hours of classroom experience necessary to obtain a CDA.

Receive on-demand Training

Each PATT participant will receive 120 hours of online, on-demand courses in order for the individual to obtain their Child Development Associate Credential, necessary to become a full-time teacher.

Participate in weekly Professional Development

Once a week, participants will meet with Step Forward's Professional Development team to increase their knowledge of early childhood education, Step Forward policies and procedures, and workplace professionalism. 

Obtain your CDA

Once the 16-week cohort is over and participants obtain their Child Development Associate Credential, individuals can be promoted to assistant teacher and beyond. Individuals will help prepare and implement all classroom activities while ensuring the care and safety of children within the Head Start program.

Work in a rewarding, educational setting

As a part of the Head Start program, our professionals have the unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of young children and their families, laying the foundation for a brighter future.

Steven Rhodes

Being a male in a predominantly female field has allowed me to bring a unique perspective to the classroom, inspiring young learners to see beyond gender norms and pursue their passions unapologetically. The mentorship provided by experienced educators has been invaluable, fostering an environment where questions are encouraged, and growth is nurtured.

Steven Rhodes, Male Engagement Coordinator

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Nicole Hawthorne

Nicole Hawthorne,
Site Administrator

Enrolling in Step Forward's PATT program has not only equipped me with essential teaching skills but has also instilled a sense of purpose. If you're looking to make a meaningful impact and shape future generations, I wholeheartedly urge you to take that step forward and enroll in this exceptional program! 

Thelma Bizzell

Thelma Bizzell, 
Director of Head Start Business Support

We hope this program will shatter stereotypes and prove that teaching is a path open to everyone. The supportive and inclusive environment created by Step Forward will empower individuals to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the role of a teacher in training.

Antoinette Hawthorne

Antoinette Hawthorne,
Early Childhood Education Service Manager

The curriculum is thoughtfully designed, combining theoretical knowledge with practical teaching opportunities, ensuring that each participant gains a comprehensive understanding of effective teaching methods.

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