CDA Scholarship Fund honors memory of Susan Boydston
July 30, 2014
Susan Hathaway Boydston, a passionate supporter of young children and quality early education and care, died earlier this month. Her family has agreed to have 4C for Children establish a Susan Hathaway Boydston Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for the Child Development Associate (CDA) preparation course.
The CDA course is designed to transform babysitters into early childhood professionals. Most participants have little or no formal education in child development or teaching. At the end of the 135 hours of class time over a nine month period, candidates apply for a national credential that makes them eligible for advancement in their careers as well as college credit so they can get a start on an associate's degree. People who take the course are currently working in child care, either in centers or providing a child care business in their own homes.
The preparation course, along with text books and application for the CDA credential, costs $1,240 per person. Scholarships of $500 make it affordable for low-wage child care workers to enroll. This course transforms the work lives of child care providers as well as the children they serve.
“Scholarships in Susan’s name will help address the fact that many of the poorest children in our community are with child care providers who are not prepared to assist them in getting ready for kindergarten,” says 4C President/CEO Sallie Westheimer. “A CDA credential is a first step in enhancing a provider’s ability to provide a higher quality of care to the children they serve.”
To make a gift to 4C to the Susan Hathaway Boydsdon Scholarship Fund in in memory of Susan, make an online gift and note the memorial in the comment box.