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Program Administration Scale & Business Administration Scale | Maryland EXCELS
Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary tiered quality rating and improvement system that recognizes the accomplishments of early childhood and school-age only programs and providers through a set of standards with five levels that offer a pathway to high-quality. Maryland EXCELS also recognizes child care and public prekindergarten programs that provide services over and above those outlined in the standards. Programs that select and complete additional recognitions are acknowledged on the Maryland EXCELS website for parents. One of the areas of recognition is completion of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) training for center-based programs or the Business Administration Scale (BAS) training for family providers. For further information contact:
The Maryland PAS Continuous Quality Improvement Project is a voluntary program for centers accredited or seeking accreditation and centers that have 60% or more lead staff participating in the MSDE Credentialing Program. This voluntary initiative, focused on program administration, is a key component in Maryland’s efforts to create high-quality early learning environments for young children. The project links continuous quality improvement with the credentialing and accreditation programs.
Aim4Excellence™ | Scholarships through Bright Horizons Family Solutions®
Bright Horizons directors may use their tuition reimbursement benefit toward the cost of the Aim4Excellence national director credential. Both the noncredit and for credit options are eligible for reimbursement. For additional information see the flyer on Bright Web: https://mybrightweb.brighthorizons.com
Aim4Excellence™ | Undergraduate College Credit through National Louis University
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through National Louis University. The approved courses (5 quarter hours per course) are ECE311: Administration I – Leadership Strategies and Staff Development (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), ECE312: Administration II – Managing Center Operations and Finances (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and ECE313: Administration III – Implementing and Evaluating the Program (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Students pay an additional $380 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.
Aim4Excellence™ | Undergraduate College Credit through University of Southern Indiana
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through the University of Southern Indiana. The approved courses (3 semester hours per course) are EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and EDUC 490: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Courses are offered at USI’s standard tuition rate. Eligible Indiana participants may apply for scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA to assist with the costs. Interested participants should contact Jennifer Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aim4Excellence™ | Graduate College Credit through University of North Dakota
Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for graduate level credit through the University of North Dakota. The approved courses (4 semester hours per course) are T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education I (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education II (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education III (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). In addition to completing the modules, students are required to engage in an online discussion. Interested participants should contact Jo-Anne Yearwood at email@example.com or call 701.777.3947 to get started.