Mission Statement 

To enrich the lives of children throughout our community

by offering affordable, top-quality

continuing education for

early childhood professionals.

Evening Courses for Educators

The Ella Hawes Institute for Early Childhood Educators evening courses will begin in the fall of 2019.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Center

Primary Instructor: Debbie Weymouth

Administrator: Anne McIntyre

The 2018-2019 CDA Class is currently closed. Please check back in the summer for our 2019-2020 class information.

Come play, learn, and prepare for the CDA with our EHI experienced team! This course enables students to complete the educational requirements and the Professional Portfolio required by the Council for Professional Recognition while growing in knowledge and skill as early childhood education professionals!

The EHI course consists of 10 study modules.  Requirements of each module include seminar attendance and completion of study assignments. This course is designed for inquisitive, self-motivated,  students. Upon successful completion of the program participants will acquire the 120 clock hours of required training and often students exceed that target!

Areas of study are in agreement with the national standards used to evaluate the educator’s performance with children and their families during the CDA assessment process. Topics include ECE professionalism; areas of child development such as physical, social/emotional, creativity, and brain/cognitive function; behavior guidance; safe and healthy learning environments; effective communication; partnering with families; and program management.

In addition to the guidance of our primary instructor, our program administrator provides aid in portfolio set-up, application process, and PD Specialist selection. We stick with our students, offering the additional support applicants may need.

Cost of Completed Course:


Registration Fee $200 is due on September 4

Course Fee 1 of $275 is due on September 18

Course Fee 2 of $275 is due on January 4

Includes: Essentials and DAP text books, CDA Competency Standards Manual, all required materials, and registration fee.

Class Dates:

Orientation is September 4

Class dates are September 18, October 2, October 16, November 6, November 19, December, 4, January 8, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, and April 2.

All classes are on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Requirements of Students:

  • Meet CDA candidate eligibility requirements as defined by the Council for Early Childhood Recognition.
  • For each module, attend the seminar(s) and complete the self-study assignments by the designated date.
  • Understand that only one absence is permitted without prior approval from the program administrator.
  • Complete the online Council for Professional Development application process and pay a $425 application fee to the council.
  • Find a Professional Development Specialist and schedule your Verification Visit.
  • Schedule your CDA Exam at a Pearson VUE Online testing Center.

This class is designed to have students ready to apply for the CDA certification by May 1, 2019.

Questions? Contact Anne McIntyre at 713-402-5130 or amcintyre@stlukesmethodist.org

2018-2019 enrollment is now closed!