The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE.
Objectives / Learning Outcomes:
This training covers the CDA 120 hours of training for professional early childhood education. This training includes 10 hours or more in each of the CDA's eight subject areas:
1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
2. Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
3. Supporting children's social and emotional development
4. Building productive relationships with families
5. Managing an effective program operation
6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
7. Observing and recording children's behavior
8. Understanding principles of child development and learning
How to earn your CDA:
What you need to apply...
• Complete your 120-Hour CDA Family Child Care Credential online with H&H Child Care Training.
• An official document certifying that you are a high school junior or senior currently enrolled in an early childhood education program or, a high school diploma or GED.
• 480 clock hours of experience working with children within three years of beginning your application
What's next: The CDA Application
Once you have completed your prerequisites the required coursework, purchase the $25 CDA Competency Standards Book from the Council for Professional Recognition (http://www.cdacouncil.org). This book will provide you with all of the steps required to prepare for the application process, including:
• Preparation of the Professional Portfolio – a collection of resources.
Reflective Statements of Competence – using, at key points, the resources you collected.
• Professional Philosophy Statement – a summary of your viewpoint; takes into account learning that occurred when preparing the Professional Portfolio.
• Family Questionnaires – to be distributed to the families of children in your care; the questionnaires highlight areas of strength as well as areas of growth.
After all requirements are met...
• Apply online using YourCouncil (https://yourcouncil.org/cfprssa/ssaauthmain.login_page) and pay the online assessment fee of $425, or submit a paper application provided in the Family Child Care edition of the CDA® Competency Standards book with the $500 assessment fee.
• As part of the application process, you will select a CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist from the Council's online directory. This person will observe you working with young children as part of the process.
• Schedule Your CDA Exam
CDA Candidates who have applied to the Council for Professional Recognition and have received a Ready to Schedule Notice may schedule the CDA Exam. There are two ways a Candidate can schedule the CDA Exam. Testing times and locations are available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.
To schedule the exam online, Candidates must first create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your account, you will need the Candidate ID number from your Ready to Schedule Notice that you received from the Council.
To schedule your CDA Exam by phone, call 1-866-507-5627. You may schedule the CDA Exam anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), Monday through Friday. Do not call the Council for Professional Recognition to schedule your CDA Exam.
By the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate how theory is reflective in the child care environment: Relationship between development theories & adolescence
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of parent/caregiver relationship
- Identify the stages and milestones of development
- Demonstrate an understanding of the standards of high-quality child care environments.
- Demonstrate understanding of observational and assessment techniques to track skill development and individual need
- Demonstrate understanding of how to develop appropriate daily schedules that promote routines
- Identify infant/toddler materials and equipment.
- Identify the components of a lesson plan
- Identify ways to help parents and infants/toddlers handle separation and attachment
- Recognize the importance of knowing the stages of development
- Define the meaning of professionalism in child care.
- Give examples of strategies to increase retention and comprehension
- Identify the benefits of Observation and Assessment
- Identify the components of: 1. Greeting and Departure 2. Feeding 3. Diapering and Toileting 4. Dressing 5. Sleeping
- Demonstrate understanding of how appropriate material and equipment promotes play.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of predictable and consistent care
- Identify appropriate activities for children birth through age three
- Identify strategies for the child care provider that will promote successful child development
- Give examples of duties and responsibilities of various jobs in the childcare profession.
- Identify the requirements of an appropriate environment that will promote free exploration and manipulation
- Demonstrate appropriate caregiver responses to different infant/toddler temperaments
- Define Developmentally Appropriate Practice
- Identify the role of family in society
- Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers with need in one or more of the following areas: 1. Emotional 2. Cognitive 3. Language 4. Physical
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards for child care professionals and ongoing professional development.
- Identify methods of assessments
- Demonstrate understanding of strategies in responding to typical child care situations: biting, hitting, etc
- Demonstrate an understanding of how available materials and equipment guide activity development
- Demonstrate appropriate interaction with infants and toddlers
- Identify curriculums specific to children birth through age 3
- Identify parenting styles and the influence those styles have on child development
- List characteristics and behaviors for professional practice and behaviors as outlined in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Demonstrate an understanding of observational techniques that result in accurate and objective observation
- Identify adaptations to materials and equipment for children with diagnosed special needs or delay.
- Demonstrate an understanding of individual planning
- Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of complex characteristics of children’s families and communities
- Demonstrates understanding of typical and atypical development
- Demonstrate an understanding of translating assessment and observational information into short and long term goal development
- Define what transition times are and when they occur during the day in the classroom
- Identify theorists of guidance and discipline
- Demonstrate an understanding of teacher direct vs. child directed activities
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Statement of Commitment & Preamble
- Demonstrates understanding of early intervention and its importance
- Demonstrate understanding that transition times are teaching opportunities and can be useful in classroom management
- Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic illness can affect development
- Demonstrate an understanding of how positive guidance promotes sound social and emotional development
- Identify strategies for effective communication with families
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Children
- Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices
- Identify criteria that should be considered when choosing appropriate transition activities
- Identify the implications of the childcare professional in promoting sound health and safety principles in the child care environment
- Describe how materials, equipment, environment, and staff meet the individual needs for children
- Demonstrate how to develop strategies for involving parents in the child care setting
- Demonstrate an understanding of brain development in children birth through age three
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Families
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ADA
- Demonstrate understanding how to effectively use transitions for various age groups and for different parts of the school day
- Identify materials and equipment for center childcare programs that meet the needs of specific age groups in both shared or permanent space and align with the programs curriculum
- Identify resources to assist and support families
- Demonstrate an understanding of how genetics and environment influence child growth and development
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Family Support Plan
- Demonstrate understanding how to effectively transition children between programs
- Identify the components of a safe and healthy family childcare environment for children
- Identify materials and equipment for family childcare programs that meet the needs of specific age groups in both shared or permanent space and align with the programs curriculum
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society
- Identify resources for referral and specialized services
- Give example of a transition plan for children entering, moving within, and leaving the program
- Demonstrate understanding of the principles of appropriate meal planning
- Explain successful communication skills in early childhood education.
- Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to learning
- Demonstrate an understanding of how environment and equipment modifications support individual needs
- Demonstrate understanding of OCC feeding regulations and monitoring requirements
- Identify the role of play in the early childhood environment
- Demonstrate understanding of effective listening skills in childcare.
- Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with all children and youth.
- Identify learning styles
- Identify strategies for working with children with special needs
- Identifies the components of appropriate supervision
- Identify the signs of illness in children and describe when a child should be excluded from care
- Demonstrate understanding of the impact of culture on infant and toddler development
- Identify different types of play
- Give examples of strategies to increase retention and comprehension
- Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with families.
- Identify the factors that influence learning
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Education Plan
- Demonstrates knowledge of the supervision criteria based on the age and activity of the child
- Identify appropriate practice for the identification, prevention, and treatment of communicable diseases and illnesses in child care setting
- Identify strategies for integrating culture and diversity into an infant and toddler program
- Demonstrate and understanding of how play promotes development
- Explain the different forms and documents needed in child care.
- Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with community members and organizations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of individualized learning
- Demonstrates understanding of Maryland State regulations for family child care home providers
- Identify strategies to promote play in the early childhood learning environment
- Give examples of tools that record and communicate critical information to other staff and families.
- Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with staff and administrators.
- Give examples of resources and referrals for infants and toddlers and children with a suspect/diagnosed disability
- Demonstrates understanding of the importance of establishing a business plan
- Identify breastfeeding support requirements under COMAR regulations
- Demonstrate understanding the major milestones, typical behaviors and learning processes of children birth to 13 years of age
- Describe methods to appropriately share and protect information about children and families with other professionals.
- Identify and explain the major components of the major and current approaches to development and learning
- Demonstrate understanding of research theoretical and legal foundations for special programs.
- Identifies the aspects of establishing a family child care business
- Recognize ways to incorporate learning activities in the classroom that would normalize breastfeeding and additional resources for a childcare program.
- Demonstrate understanding of the major and current approaches to theories of child development and learning
- Demonstrates understanding on the elements of schedule planning
- Identify effective and efficient communication skills
- Describes possible violations of confidentiality in child care.
- Demonstrate understanding of how learning occurs in children and the role of play in learning
- Identify the types of barriers children's with disabilities/special needs face and ways to adapt curriculum to fit those needs.
- Identify the importance of being sensitive to those who decide not to nurse and of welcoming environment that encourages mothers to breastfeed
- Demonstrates an understanding of content areas and how they relate to child development
- Identify communication issues that are common in the early care and education environment
- Demonstrate an understanding of the overall cost of child care
- Identify the importance of breastfeeding.
- Define and explain culture and diversity
- Demonstrates understanding of an appropriate family child care curriculum
- Demonstrate appropriate/effective responses as they relate to a variety of typical child care scenarios.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of working collaboratively with all children, adult peers, and families.
- Demonstrates understanding of the ADA and how it applies to family child care homes
- Recognize current tuition trends
- Identify examples of how to share breastfeeding policies / breastfeeding support to families and staff
- Demonstrate understanding of the impact of culture and diversity in relation to school readiness
- Demonstrate and understand the importance of maintaining and developing professional and respectful relationships with parents, staff, community, and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of collaboration with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth
- Demonstrates knowledge of how setting up the environment can impact on accessibility for all children
- Identify budget line items and basic budget development strategies
- Recognize that breastmilk is not a biohazard, and how to store, handle, and feed mother's milk.
- Give examples of ways to collaborate with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
- Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices
- Identify and understand the requirements of Child Care Subsidy (POC), Child and Adult Food Program, MSDE Child Care Credential, Tiered Reimbursement, and the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund
- Demonstrate understanding of developing positive relationships with child care families
- Describe strategies and experiences to promote collaboration between child and youth care professionals and programs and other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
- Identify Strategies for Working with Students with Special Needs
- Describe Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and identify preventive measures.
- Demonstrate understanding of community organizations that support early childhood programs
- Demonstrate understanding of the role of family in society
- Define conflict resolution and explain why problem solving is important.
- Identify the procedures for reporting child abuse/neglect
- Identify the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with colleagues and administrators.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the types of child abuse, and signs of abuse and neglect
- Recognize the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with community members and families.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate reporting process.
- Demonstrate understanding of potential violations of confidentiality and take steps to reduce the risk of occurrence.
- Describe ways to analyze classrooms for an anti-bias approach.
- Give examples of ways to show respect for family differences.
- Recognize the importance of demonstrating respect for the diversity of all children and youth and families’ culture, language, and religion in all interactions
- Recognize the importance of a positive, responsible, sensitive, and respectful attitude in working with all children and youth and their families.
- Recognize the importance of providing activities that reflect a welcoming environment for all children, youth and families, regardless of culture, language, or religion, or strengths, talents, and abilities.
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allowed to proceed to the next section of the training until all questions have been answered correctly.
Learners will be presented with a final test composed of true/false and multiple choice questions.
Upon successful completion of the training, learners will receive their certificate by email.
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