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NACCRRA and Advanced Systems Technology, Inc. Partner to Provide Online Learning Opportunities to Child Care Professionals

July 21, 2008

Arlington, VA - The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) announces a partnership with Advanced Systems Technology, Inc., a company that specializes in the development of computer-based instruction and training. The partnership will enable NACCRRA to provide more than 800 Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) located throughout the United States with the technology to facilitate a variety of e-Learning opportunities for child care professionals. These e-Learning opportunities, which will include a 120-hour Child Development Associate (CDA) training, a pre-service training series, and other state licensing requirements and CDA credential renewal requirements, will provide child care professionals with professional development opportunities that research suggests will lead to higher quality child care.

According to the research, the amount of formal education attained by a child care provider is the strongest predictor for the provider's ability to engage children in developmentally appropriate activities and positive interactions that better prepare them for school. Additionally, providers with specialized training are more likely to be nurturing, reinforce early literacy skills, and challenge and enhance children's learning.

"NACCRRA is pleased to partner with AST and make available to CCR&Rs the technology that will enable them to provide vital training to child care professionals throughout the country," said Linda Smith, Executive Director of NACCRRA. "Through this technology, our members can serve as the means to providing the vital training to child care professionals that will ultimately improve the quality of child care in this country."

The technology will enable CCR&Rs to offer ongoing training opportunities via the Internet. CCR&Rs will be able to host online meetings and training sessions, self-paced trainings, live, instructor-led trainings, and ongoing programs that blend self-paced trainings with online meetings.

"The technology is very easy to use and will allow CCR&Rs to effectively, efficiently, and affordably train more child care professionals in less time at a reduced cost," said Smith.

CCR&Rs are located in every state and most communities across the nation. Together, they serve parents and providers in over 99 percent of all populated zip codes. They work with their communities to identify child care needs and create solutions by recruiting and training more than 500,000 child care providers and creating 450,000 new child care spaces annually.

For more information about the technology and partnership between NACCRRA and AST, please visit www.naccrra.org.

About AST

Advanced Systems Technology, Inc.® (AST) is a systems and software engineering firm that specializes in information technology, and in the development of computer-based instruction and training. Founded in 1984, AST has grown to more than 300 professional engineers, programmers, military analysts, and instructional systems designers and developers at over 20 locations across the U.S.