Quality Childcare Initiative

The Quality Childcare Initiative at MACC is a grant-funded program sponsored by Boone County Children’s Services Fund. Our goal is to improve the quality of child care in Boone County while promoting kindergarten readiness. We do this by providing free training and coaching to teachers in early care and education programs in Boone County.

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

CDA is a nationally recognized credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. It is the “best first step” for early childhood educators, providing basic knowledge of child development, health, safety, and other essential competencies needed to serve young children.

  • Current early childhood professionals can take college courses at MACC toward the credential and little to no cost to them.
  • High school juniors and seniors can take a dual enrollment course to help them earn the credentials at no cost to them.

HighScope Curriculum Training

Teachers who already have a CDA or equivalent are eligible to participate in training in the HighScope curriculum, a research-based curriculum that is approved by the state of Missouri and has been proven successful with low income children. Each participant is assigned a coach who will visit with them regularly to help implement what they learn in training.


Early childhood professionals:
– infant, toddler + preschool teachers
– program directors
– in home childcare providers

Participants will receive:

  • Clock hour training in either Infant/Toddler or Preschool HighScope Approach
  • Clock hour training in Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support
  • HighScope books and materials
  • Option to earn 1 hour of college credit equivalent to ECE 175 Assessment in Early Childhood (Must meet additional requirements and do additional homework.)
  • Stipend of $15 per hour of class attendance
  • Coaching to help implement what is learned in class

Saturday Class Dates

2023-2024 cohort:
August 26, 2023
September 16, 2023
October 21, 2023
November 11, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 24, 2024
March 16, 2024
April 27, 2024
May 18, 2024
June 8, 2024

FREE LUNCH provided! :) Also, you’ll learn strategies to
support children that, when applied, not only promote
independence, but also will make your job more enjoyable.
A variety of topics will be covered including:

  • active learning
  • adult-child interactions
  • learning environment
  • daily routines
  • group times
  • conflict resolution

For more information, contact
Janet Robison:
(Office) 573-234-1067 ext. 12166
(Cell, call or text) 573-819-2367
(Email) janetro@macc.edu