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Date: May 26, 2004 (04-56)

Montgomery College Offers Child Care Classes in Spanish

            Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit will offer four child care classes in Spanish this summer.  The classes, titled “Behavior Management in School Age Settings,” “Role of Observations in Centers and Family Daycare Homes,” “Designing Smooth Transitions in the Classroom,” and “What’s a CDA credential?,” are designed for people who work in the child care field and want to learn how to improve their skills.

            The first summer class, “Role of Observation in Centers and Family Daycare Homes,” will take place in one half-day session on Saturday, June 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Avenue, in Gaithersburg.  The class will teach students about the importance of observing and recording children’s behavior.  With the skills learned in class, students will be better at planning programs for home daycare centers and others. 

“Behavior Management in School Age Settings” will be taught on Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Westfield South, Room 306, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton.  The class will teach effective techniques and strategies for guiding children’s behavior.  Through class discussions, small group work, handouts, and self-examination exercises, students will learn how to establish rules, build parent partnerships, and create policy.

On Saturday, July 17, “Designing Smooth Transitions in the Classroom” will be taught from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Avenue.  The class aims to teach students how coordinating their schedules, and planning curriculum and transitions will lead to better behaved children and less stress.  Tool, techniques, and strategies for success will be discussed.

The final class offered this summer is “What’s a CDA Credential?,” on Saturday, July 31, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Heath Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.  Students will learn the requirements and application process needed to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.  The CDA is a nationally recognized credential available to caregivers of children up to five years old.

The classes cost $30-$35 for residents in the state of Maryland.  Out-of-state residents must pay an additional $30 per class.  For more information about the classes or registration, contact Claudia Salas at 240-567-1868 or visit:

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.