Child Development Associate (CDA) Training
A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process and has been awarded the CDA Credential. CDAs are able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
A CDA performs according to the CDA Competency Goals in center-based, home visitor or family child care programs. To date, there are more than 200,000 CDAs in all 50 United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands.
Earning the CDA Credential has many advantages, including motivating caregivers toward continuing education and providing a platform for professional and career opportunities. Many view the CDA Credential as an instrument for career advancement in the early childhood care and education profession. The Council works to ensure that it is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of a coordinated system of professional development.
As a result of an increase in demand from many public and private employers for qualified trained staff, the number of child care providers applying for the CDA Credential has grown to nearly 15,000 annually. Furthermore, 49 states plus the District of Columbia incorporate the CDA Credential into their childcare center licensing regulations.
For more information about CDA National Credentialing, see the Council for Professional Recognition Web site: www.cdacouncil.org.
Pulaski Technical College offers training for individuals who want to take the national CDA assessment. This training is offered in the evenings at PTC’s Business and Industry Center. The training is 120 clock hours in length. A certificate of completion is provided for students at the end of the class. Scholarships are available through DHS’s Division of Early Care and Education.
CDA Instructor – Jan Stafford
Students who have successfully passed the CDA exam can receive college credit when enrolling in the Associate degree program at Pulaski Technical College. The following Early Childhood Development courses will be credited upon presentation of a current CDA credential: ECD 1203, Environments for Young Children and ECD 1401, Field Experience.
Child Care Orientation Training (CCOT)
CCOT is a 10-hour orientation course for people who are new to the field of early child care. Completion allows a person to be eligible for a CDA scholarship with at least 90 days of employment in a child care program. Pulaski Technical College offers CCOT training on a monthly basis free of charge. Contact the AHEC division secretary at (501) 812-2339 for more information.
Family Child Care Provider Training (FCCP)
FCCP Training is an eight-hour mandated course for all licensed family child care providers within their first 6 months of operation. Completion allows a person to be eligible for a CDA scholarship with at least 90 days of employment in a child care program. Topics include: The Profession and Regulations, Business Management, Organizing the Home, and Guiding Children through the Day. Contact Debbie Roark for more information.