CDA Preschool Credential - online course

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CDA Preschool Credential - $388 (V I P pricing $378)

IACET accredit provider CEUs

12 CEUs

Course Description:

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.

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 Preschool 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 Preschool 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.

Objectives / Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this training, the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify effective and efficient communication skills
  2. Identify best practices in room arrangement
  3. Identify communication issues that are common in the early care and education environment
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of parent and caregiver relationship
  5. Identify materials and equipment for the early childhood classroom
  6. Define and identify the components of developmentally appropriate practice
  7. Identify child development theories in early childhood.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards of high-quality child care environments.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of observational techniques to track skill development and individual need
  10. Identify the stages and milestones of development
  11. Demonstrate appropriate/effective responses as they relate to a variety of typical child care scenarios.
  12. Identify ways to help parents and infants/toddlers handle separation and attachment
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of how the environment and selected materials promote learning
  14. Demonstrate an understanding of development in children 2-5 years of age
  15. Identify the differences between major theories
  16. Define the meaning of professionalism in child care.
  17. Demonstrate understanding of assessment techniques to track skill development and individual need
  18. Recognize the importance of knowing the stages of development
  19. Demonstrate and understand the importance of maintaining and developing professional and respectful relationships with parents, staff, community, and other stakeholders.
  20. Demonstrate how to develop strategies for involving parents in the child care setting
  21. Describe an environment through video observation of a 3, 4, and/or 5 year old classroom
  22. Identify the different learning styles among preschoolers
  23. Demonstrate how theory is reflective in the child care environment
  24. Give examples of duties and responsibilities of various jobs in the childcare profession.
  25. Explain the benefits of Observation and Assessment
  26. Identify strategies for the child care provider that will promote successful child development. Identify strategies for working with children with special needs
  27. Identify strategies for effective communication with families
  28. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards for child care professionals and ongoing professional development.
  29. Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers with developmental, emotional, cognitive, language and/or physical needs
  30. Identify the challenges and solutions for shared space environments
  31. Identify resources to assist and support families
  32. Describe how materials, equipment, environment, and staff meet the individual needs for children
  33. Identify theorists of guidance and discipline
  34. List characteristics and behaviors for professional practice and behaviors as outlined in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  35. Identify methods of assessments
  36. Identify and determine the needs for permanent space environments
  37. 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
  38. Demonstrate an understanding of how positive guidance promotes sound social and emotional development
  39. Demonstrate an understanding of observational techniques that result in accurate and objective observation
  40. Demonstrate an understanding of brain development in children birth through age three
  41. Give an example of an environmental blueprint for shared and permanent spaces, including outdoor spaces
  42. Identify the role of family in society
  43. 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
  44. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Statement of Commitment & Preamble
  45. Demonstrate an understanding of translating assessment and observational information into short and long term goal development
  46. Demonstrate an understanding of how genetics and environment influence child growth and development
  47. Identify the role staff plays in the successful creation and maintenance of an environment
  48. Identify parenting styles and the influence those styles have on child development
  49. Identify the difference between teacher/child directed activities
  50. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Children
  51. Give an example of staff/child supervision and staff/child ratio policies
  52. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of complex characteristics of children’s families and communities
  53. Demonstrate an understanding of prenatal development and its impact on child development
  54. Identify the role of play in the early childhood environment
  55. Recognize the importance of maintaining a balance between teacher directed and child directed activities
  56. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Families
  57. Explain an Individual Family Support Plan and/or and Individual Education Plan
  58. Describe how language is one of the many ways through which culture affects development.
  59. Identify the nutritional needs of children birth through age twelve
  60. Identify different types of play
  61. Demonstrate an understanding of how learning experiences develop emerging skills
  62. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
  63. Give examples of resources and referrals for infants and toddlers and children with a suspect/diagnosed disability
  64. Demonstrate understanding of cultural differences and its influences on a child's social behavior.
  65. Explain successful communication skills in early childhood education.
  66. Demonstrate an understanding of how ongoing preventive health and wellness care affects child development
  67. Demonstrate and understanding of how play promotes development
  68. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical conduct: Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society
  69. Demonstrate understanding of research theoretical and legal foundations for special programs.
  70. Describe the four styles of parenting and the effects they have on children.
  71. Demonstrate understanding of effective listening skills in childcare.
  72. Demonstrate an understanding of how chronic illness can affect development
  73. Identify strategies to promote play in the early childhood learning environment
  74. Define culture and cultural sensitivity
  75. Identify the types of barriers children's with disabilities/special needs face and ways to adapt curriculum to fit those needs.
  76. Give examples of strategies to increase retention and comprehension
  77. Identify the implications of the childcare professional in promoting sound health and safety principles in the child care environment
  78. Identify strategies to promote cultural diversity and acceptance in the child care environment
  79. Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to learning
  80. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with all children and youth.
  81. Explain the different forms and documents needed in child care.
  82. Demonstrate understanding of Piaget’s sensorimotor and pre-operational stages of cognitive development
  83. Demonstrate an understanding of how the community in which a child lives influences development
  84. Demonstrates understanding of typical and atypical development
  85. Identify learning styles
  86. Identify types of abuse, by identifying signs of abuse and neglect
  87. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with families.
  88. Give examples of tools that record and communicate critical information to other staff and families.
  89. List activities to focus on play, exploration, and constructive approaches to learning math
  90. Demonstrates understanding of early intervention and its importance
  91. Identify the factors that influence learning
  92. Identify types of abuse, by learning its legal definition
  93. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with community members and organizations.
  94. Use developed methods to teach children a large body of general knowledge that supports emerging math skills
  95. Describe open-ended art concepts.
  96. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with staff and administrators.
  97. Demonstrates understanding of the ADA and how it applies to family child care homes
  98. Identify types of abuse, by recognizing emotional abuse
  99. Give examples of ways to apply and model ethical behavior and professional integrity with staff and administrators.
  100. Identify effective and efficient communication skills
  101. Demonstrate methods to address gender stereotypes and sexism in the classroom related to children’s math abilities
  102. Give examples of new open-ended art techniques to use with children.
  103. Demonstrates knowledge of how setting up the environment can impact on accessibility for all children
  104. Identify the factors that influence learning
  105. Identify types of abuse, by recognizing sexual abuse
  106. Describe methods to appropriately share and protect information about children and families with other professionals.
  107. Identify communication issues that are common in the early care and education environment
  108. Distinguish how to adapt arts and crafts for younger children and children with different abilities.
  109. Demonstrate understanding of inclusionary practices
  110. Demonstrate an understanding of individualized learning
  111. Identify types of abuse, by recognizing signs of physical abuse
  112. Describes possible violations of confidentiality in child care.
  113. Demonstrate appropriate/effective responses as they relate to a variety of typical child care scenarios.
  114. Explain the new USDA MyPlate guide.
  115. Identify strategies for working with students with special needs
  116. Define the term inclusion and how it relates to the child care environment and practice
  117. Demonstrate an understanding of who is a mandated reporter
  118. Demonstrate and understand the importance of maintaining and developing professional and respectful relationships with parents, staff, community, and other stakeholders.
  119. Identify ways to extend cooking projects in various areas.
  120. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of working collaboratively with all children, adult peers, and families.
  121. Demonstrate understanding of how reports are completed
  122. Identify how cooking projects can be teaching tools in the classroom.
  123. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of collaboration with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth
  124. Demonstrate an understanding of the ADA and inclusionary practices
  125. Give examples of cooking projects that can accommodate children with special needs and/or disabilities.
  126. Give examples of ways to collaborate with other professionals involved in the care and education of all children and youth.
  127. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement an Individual Education Plan
  128. Give examples on how to choose, plan, and conduct a cooking project in an age-appropriate and organized manner.
  129. 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.
  130. Identify resources for referral and services
  131. Demonstrate understand developmentally appropriate practices for school-age children with developmental, emotional, cognitive, language and/or physical needs
  132. Recognize the benefits of an outdoor classroom.
  133. Define conflict resolution and explain why problem solving is important.
  134. Demonstrate an understanding of how environment and equipment modifications support individual needs
  135. Demonstrate an understanding of how to create a natural outdoor environment that includes different colors, sounds, textures, and scents
  136. Identify the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with colleagues and administrators.
  137. Identify resources to help children discover, learn, and experience in a natural play environment.
  138. Recognize the importance of problem solving and conflict resolution strategies with community members and families.
  139. Demonstrate understanding of potential violations of confidentiality and take steps to reduce the risk of occurrence.
  140. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of sensory activities in sensory development.
  141. Describe ways to analyze classrooms for an anti-bias approach.
  142. Describe the research behind sensory activities in early childhood curricula.
  143. Give examples of ways to show respect for family differences.
  144. Give examples of appropriate sensory activities for infants and toddlers.
  145. Recognize the importance of demonstrating respect for the diversity of all children and youth and families’ culture, language, and religion in all interactions
  146. Give examples of appropriate sensory activities for preschool-age children.
  147. Recognize the importance of a positive, responsible, sensitive, and respectful attitude in working with all children and youth and their families.
  148. Explain safety guidelines involved when planning sensory activities for young children.
  149. 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.
Learning Methodology: Online material will be presented in the form of slides, accompanied with speech. Videos will be used to demonstrate ideas and concepts. Charts and tables will be used for illustration.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required for the completion of this course.

Proprietary or conflict of interest disclosure: Unless otherwise stated in the course description none of H & H subject matter experts and editor has any conflict or proprietary interests related to the material they prepared in this course.

Logistics/Required Technology: A stable internet connection is required for the completion of this course. Users are highly encouraged to take their online course on Google Chrome on either a laptop or desktop computer. Speakers and/or headphones are also required to hear speech.

Learning Assessment Method: Learners will be assessed through questions after every section is completed. Learners will not be 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.

Criteria to earn CEUs:
Certificates are awarded when the following criteria have been met by the learner:
  1. Class has been paid in full
  2. All material has been reviewed
  3. All review questions and final test have been completed with a passing score of 80% or higher.
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Please read carefully:

You are purchasing a session of an online training that includes online assessments. Your certificate will be emailed to you once you pass the final exam with a passing grade of 80%.

Your certificate will bear the name you provided to us when you signed up. For support and questions regarding the material presented in this class please contact us at onlineservices@childcareed.com. Please consult our frequently asked questions page for other questions or feel free to contact us.


Information about this training

Hours breakdown

45 CD/45 CUR/9 HSN/6 SN/9 PRO/6 COM

Topics / Categories

Health, safety and nutrition
Curriculum
Professionalism
Special needs
Child development
Community

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