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Professional Development

The staff at Sheltering Arms is the backbone of the organization.  They contribute their expertise and dedicate countless hours day in and day out working to make our classrooms and playgrounds safe, stimulating, functional, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye…worthy of the children.  From building design to room arrangement, every detail commands special attention and careful planning from our staff.

Professional development is ongoing work at Sheltering Arms.  A tremendous amount of time and energy is devoted to preparing our teachers to be the best. Training is regarded as an integral part of our operation. Teachers complete numerous hours of training and many enroll in school to further their education.  

Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute equips our own staff and early childhood and family support professionals from throughout Georgia with the skills and resources necessary to be effective in working with children and their families.  

Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute

Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute offers the following professional development services:

  • Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Family Development Credential (FDC), Issued by Temple University
  • Leadership Training, to help administrators develop, retain, and manage a qualified workforce
  • CEU Credits
  • Bright from the Start Approved Child Development Courses
  • Family Support & Parenting Seminars
  • Conference and Training Space Available to the Public
  • Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Assessment Tools for Purchase

Housed at Sheltering Arms Headquarters in downtown Atlanta, the Institute includes a 7,000 square foot training and conference center that includes a computer lab and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Participants in early childhood training courses receive hands-on experience on-site at Sheltering Arms Elaine P. Draeger Model Teaching Center, an early education center serving 136 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.

For the most recent report on the outcomes from Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute, please see our most recent annual report.

Quotes from Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute Participants

"You never leave a Sheltering Arms training session with any questions unanswered…you always learn something you can use on a daily basis as a teacher."

"Training is exciting and fun and a reminder to me of how I should make my lesson plans for the children."

"Sheltering Arms offers more than just the basics of early childhood development...they give you the real 'meat-and-potatoes.'"


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