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Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE) Takes Advantage Of Changing Educational Landscape And Taps Into Expanded Opportunities

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Sibling Group Holdings, a company focused on enhancing and accelerating the delivery of 21st century learning, today announced its plan to open an operation in Atlanta to provide teacher certifications in a number of key areas. The initial focus will be on the teacher requirements for the Pre-K market, where a rising number of states are mandating a range of certifications from teachers.

"We see the need for certification and credentialing services growing as the education industry transforms from traditional school systems to reflect more independent, private, charter and corporate education oriented entities," stated Neal Sessions, Chairman of Sibling. He continued, "While we will begin in Atlanta with the Pre-K requirements, we expect certification programs to grow to include other geographic regions and specialties such as ESL/ELL and certain STEM course areas."

Most states have a number of options for pre-K teacher requirements. These options may include a stated number of hours in post-secondary education in child development or early childhood education, a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, or a diploma as a child development technician. There are several teacher certifications that some states list as acceptable for part or all of the teacher requirements in licensed daycare facilities. Sibling Group will pursue fully accreditation through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and other accreditation organizations, as it expands its course offerings.

The national certification for Pre-K teachers is the Child Development Associate (CDA). Available through the Council for Professional Recognition, the CDA is included by all states but one as part of their regulations for licensing childcare facilities. Experience and training are both included in eligibility requirements. Within the five years preceding the application, teachers must have worked with children for 480 hours. During that time they must also have had 120 clock hours of approved courses in child care education. In addition to passing the required courses, initial certification requires documentation of the applicant's competence and observation of the teacher in the classroom setting. Following the observation, the applicant is interviewed. The initial certification is good for three years, renewals for five years. In addition to a current First Aid Certification, renewal requirements include 45 clock hours of training (4.5 continuing education units).

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