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At Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center, we believe that every child deserves the best start in life, and that begins with a strong foundation in early childhood education. Our Early Childhood Workforce Development Program is dedicated to empowering individuals to become skilled and compassionate professionals in the field of early childhood education.


Teacher and Young Student

On August 7th, Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center became a leader in addressing the shortage of early childhood educators in Missouri. The first cohort of 27 participants began their 36- month program of study that will train and prepare them to receive their Child Development Associate credential.

Supported with a grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Emmanuel is the only non-profit organization in Missouri to create a Work Force Development program to address the crisis facing early childhood education providers nationally.


Emmanuel obtained the three-year grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and intends to train 125 individuals.

Our First Cohort 

Early Childhood
Workforce Development 

Training Team


Family Advocate

James recently graduated from Central Methodist University in the summer of 2020 with a degree in Social Work. James strives to be the role model to kids in our community that he had when growing up with his parents, who both have Doctorates in marriage and family counseling. This encouraged him to get involved in the community and his local church.

John Hudson is an award-winning author, speaker, and musician, most known for his best-selling books. John Hudson exceeds expectations by empowering individuals to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. John Hudson has a passion for educating and developing youth to their true prominence for success. 

John has two Master’s degrees: one in counseling and the other in higher education. He has served as a family therapist, behavior interventionist, career readiness instructor, and academic counselor.


Family Advocate

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