CDA Family Child Care Credential
Work with children ages birth to 5 years.
Family Child Care settings provide an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their ability to provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for young children. They must show their competence in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities, establishing positive relationships with children and families, and maintaining a clean and orderly setting. Observations in a Family Child Care setting may include the candidate's interactions with children, observation of children's behavior, the candidate's communication with parents, and the physical environment of the setting. Candidates should be prepared to provide evidence of their competency in all of these areas to successfully obtain their CDA.
ChildCareEd offers the CDA Credential in Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care, and now Home Visitor. The 120 hours of coursework are completely online so you can complete your course at your own pace.
ChildCareEd strives to respond in real time, offering continuous communication with course instructors using the messaging feature within each course. Have a question? Message one of our PD Specialists while you are logged in to your training. Opportunities to chat with one of our CDA Professional Development (PD) specialists. Portfolio review process. Included in your CDA training is a video that reviews the process of developing your Professional Portfolio. As well as free resources to help participants along the way as they pursue their CDA Credentials.
We are Maryland based! Being based in Maryland means we understand the unique challenges and needs of Maryland childcare providers. Contact us locally at 833-283-2241.
The CDA Credential is a nationally recognized credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition to individuals who have demonstrated competence in the early childhood education field. It is a rigorous program that consists of coursework, practical experience, and an assessment.
The partnership between Maryland Family Network, MSDE, and the Council for Professional Recognition is aimed at increasing the number of early childhood educators who hold the CDA Credential in Maryland. By doing so, they hope to improve the quality of early childhood education in the state and provide better outcomes for young children.
To be eligible for financial support, early childhood educators must work in a licensed child care center, family child care home, or a public prekindergarten program in Maryland. They must also meet certain eligibility criteria, including having a high school diploma or equivalent and completing specific training requirements.
The financial support is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and interested educators are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications can be submitted through the Maryland Family Network website.
Overall, this partnership is a positive step towards improving the quality of early childhood education in Maryland and providing better outcomes for young children.