By Deb Pierce, PDI NAEYC Conference, Indy 2012
**CDA (child development associate credential) started in 1971, and in 1985 NAEYC started managing it
CDA is offered in 18 languages
50 states recognize it
over 20,000 applicants per year
300,000 CDA recipients
12,000 renewals per year
CDA contributes to “professionalism”
WIIFM?? (completing in high school)
No extra hassle or cost
assistance to finish
part of the ece community
What does the Council really want in regard to:
Professional Resource File
Competency Goal Statements
The verification visit and the new CDA 2.0
-Early childhood studies review
-New online process
Being a High School Student’s Advisor
-Formal assessment observation
NOTE: learn the formal observation procedures
Best ways to help students:
Help them assemble their resource file
Guide them in writing the competency goal statements
Have them conduct a self study
Practice for the early childhood studies review
Prepare for the Oral Interview (best practice vs. what director would want me to do)
Encourage them to continue their education after getting the CDA
»CDA is not the end of the road
**suggested text books
Currently if the candidate isn’t awarded the CDA no feedback is offered – but you can appeal
The goal is not a piece of paper, it’s to improve the profession.
There is a problem with non-certified people doing 3 week trainings. CDA is looking at certifying the trainers to ensure quality.
$325 is the app fee – they do all the work but then can’t afford the app fee
If you are CDA and work in military you will keep your pay level when you move around and have to get a new #ece job.
Valora Washington is Dir of CDA - the program is going through a complete overhaul to be launched as CDA 2.0 at the Fall 2012 conference in Atlanta.
You can let them look at the observation instrument!