Shaunte Sloan-Ambush is pictured here with children from Sunny Days Child Development Center in Harrisburg, PA

Early childhood education working student Shaunte Sloan-Ambush offers lessons that last for children in her charge at Sunny Days Child Development Center in Harrisburg. A mother of four, Shaunte understands ‘busy’ and the rewards that come from having goals and working toward them as she balances duties at home, work, and nears CDA class completion.

The children learn life lessons from a very early age. It’s so important to shape their learning and behavior when they are young to help them develop strong, positive habits. I see real meaning from what I learn in class and how it applies to children in my care.

Shaunte is taking online PDO courses through Lock Haven University, where she is currently completing the Child Development and Brain Science course, and has taken Positive Behavior Supports for Young Children and Teacher as Leader classes. Next, she will take the CDA preparatory class, where she will compile her portfolio to demonstrate competency, take an exam, and be verified by the CDA Council. The PDO has provided Shaunte with a laptop and no-cost tuition to help her advance her studies. The PDO will also cover the cost of the director’s credential, which is next on her self-improvement goal list.