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Level Up Your Early Childhood Education Game in New York: CDA + Pro Development!

Hey there, New York ECE rockstars! Ever feel like you need to level up your game but get confused about all the training requirements? We feel you! This blog post is your one-stop guide to conquering both the CDA credential and New York's state-approved professional #development (pro dev.) needs.

So, What's the CDA Credential?

Think of the CDA as a national gold star for #early-childhood- #educators. It shows employers you've got the skills and knowledge to rock it out with young minds from birth to age five. Plus, there are different tracks for infants/toddlers, #preschoolers, and even family childcare, so you can specialize in your passion area.

Why CDA is Your New York BFF?

Here's why the CDA is your best friend in the Big Apple:

  • Land Your Dream Job: Employers in New York love seeing the CDA on your resume. It seriously ups your chances of scoring that awesome #early-childhood educator position.
  • Meet State Requirements: Many New York childcare programs give priority to CDA holders. Boom! Instant brownie points.
  • Stay on Top of Your Game: The CDA process involves ongoing training, keeping you sharp on all the latest ECE best practices. This neatly aligns with New York's focus on keeping educators up-to-date.
  • Get Paid What You're Worth: Studies show CDA holders in New York often snag higher salaries. Cha-ching!
  • Springboard to the Future: The CDA is a stepping stone to even higher qualifications and leadership roles in ECE.

Pro Dev. in New York: Easy as Apple Pie (Almost)

New York requires #early-childhood educators to keep their licenses and skills fresh through pro dev. courses. Here's the lowdown:

  • The ASPIRE Registry: Think of this as your pro dev. report card. It tracks all your training hours.
  • Training Requirements: The specific courses you need vary depending on your role and license. Check the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) website for details: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/training/.

Double Duty Training!

The good news? Many CDA training programs, like the ones offered by ChildCareEd (wink, wink), can fulfill both CDA requirements and your New York pro dev. needs. Score!

Getting Your CDA in New York: A Step-by-Step

Ready to rock the CDA and conquer your pro dev. in New York? Here's how to make it happen:

  1. Pick Your CDA Path: Infants/toddlers, preschoolers, or family childcare? Choose the age group that sets your #early-childhood educator soul on fire.
  2. Find a Stellar CDA Training Program: Look for one approved by the Council and meets New York's pro dev. requirements. ChildCareEd offers awesome options (did we mention that already?).
  3. Knock Out Your Training: Focus on completing the CDA training hours and remember, these hours can double up for your New York pro dev. needs!
  4. Show Off Your Experience: Gather work references and timesheets to prove your #early-childhood educator chops in New York.
  5. Build Your CDA Portfolio: This is your chance to showcase your ECE knowledge and rockstar skills. The Council has all the details on how to put it together.
  6. CDA Assessment Time! Once your training and portfolio are ready, schedule your CDA assessment. It involves showing off your skills with the little ones and taking a written exam.
  7. Track It in ASPIRE: Don't forget to log your CDA training hours in the ASPIRE Registry to stay compliant with New York's pro dev. requirements.

Resources to Help You Shine

  • New York Office of Children and Family Services – Child Care Training and Development: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/training/

    So there you have it! With this guide, you're well on your way to rocking the CDA and mastering your pro dev. in New York. Now go forth and be the amazing early childhood educator you are!

#NYECE #CDARocks #ProDevPowerUp #CDANewYork #EarlyChildhood #preschool #childcareed


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