Sibling Group to Expand into Certifications and Accreditation
Changing Education Landscape Creates Expanded Opportunities
ATLANTA, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE), (http://www.newco4education.com) (the “Company”), whose business strategy is focused on the development and acquisition of 21st century education technology and management services, announced today that it intends to open an operation to provide teacher certifications in a number of key areas.
The operation, to be based in Atlanta, Georgia, will initially focus on the teacher requirements for the Pre-K market, where an increasing number of states are requiring teachers to have a range of certifications. “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,” said 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.” The Company will seek to be fully accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and other accreditation organizations, as it expands its course offerings.
Pre-K, or pre-kindergarten, teachers usually teach children ages 3-5. Most states have a number of options for pre-K teacher requirements. Options may include a stated number of hours in post-secondary education (sometimes an associate or bachelor’s degree) 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.
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. To apply for the CDA, teachers must have a high school diploma or GED. Within the five years preceding the application, they 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).
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE) intends to acquire advanced technology and education management operations, to enhance and accelerate the delivery of 21st century learning using multiple teaching and learning modalities on a global basis. The mission will be accomplished by accessing funds from the public capital markets and melding them into a unified strategy that will help to accelerate the improvement of education with an emphasis in the K-12 market. The desired result will be better educated children, a sustainable and cost effective teaching model, and reduced dependence on governmental funding. For a complete overview please visit the Company web site at: http://www.newco4education.com.
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