Calvary Bilingual MultiCultural Learning Center

 Calvary Bilingual Multi Cultural Learning Center

Professional Development Institute

“Opening spaces where families and professionals can create a community of learning.”

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) was created to provide support to the children, youth, families, and personnel in this organization, in the city and nationwide through the following projects:

  • Funded by the Office on Early Childhood Development, CBMLC’s Child Development Associate (CDA) training program provides 120 hours of formal instruction; advising and mentoring; field placement; as well as childcare and other support services to the candidates that want to become nationally certified as a child care provider. The training program is offered in English, Spanish, and in English with interpretation to Amharic, Bengali, French, Creole, Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese.  

  • CBMLC and the National Council of La Raza are partners in the construction of an Early Childhood Program Model that will operate in a multicultural community context. Once completed, CBMLC’s Early Childhood Education Training and Technical Assistance Team will present it at diverse NCLR affiliate organizations nationwide.

  • The PDI is the State Leader for the District of Columbia in the HeadsUp! Reading Project, a 30-hour course on early literacy delivered live using satellite television. Participants can take the course for college credit, for Continuing Education Units, or for hours towards their Child Development Associate Credential requirements.  

  • The PDI co-manages the Child Care Licensing Project, a multicultural approach to increasing the access to high quality licensed facilities in the District. This project supports DC residents throughout the process of becoming a licensed child care provider.
CDA   Application Form
Forma de Solicitud  para CDA
  • The PDI is the liaison with the Cornerstones Project at Zero To Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. The project offers support to programs serving pregnant women, infants and toddlers especially in the areas of program design and management, professional development and reflective supervision.
  • In collaboration with the Family Literacy Program and Georgetown University, the PDI is implementing an English as a Second Language (ESL) and Literacy Program that provides classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
  • The PDI is collaborating with the National Council of La Raza and other neighborhood organizations to create a regional workforce development strategy to serve families and community members.

  • The PDI continuously implements and provides access to professional development opportunities in English or Spanish for staff, parents, community members, and staff from other organizations.