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Virginia Head Start Association

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									                                                        Head Start
                                                    Navigating
                    The Child Development Associate
                       National and Virginia Early
                        Childhood Credentialing
                               Processes
                                                      April 5, 2011; 1:45-3:15pm

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                                            Presented By
Kathleen Pathan
Regional Coordinator, Head Start TA Region III
Kathleen.Pathan@icfi.com

Pamela K. Blackburn
Early Childhood Specialist, Virginia Head Start TA Region III
PBlackburn@icfi.com




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                                    Did You Know?
   • Over 260,000 awarded

   • Over 18,000 awarded annually

   • Cooperative agreement between ACYF and
     the National Association for the Education of
     Young Children (NAEYC)…..

   • Created the Council for Professional
     Recognition that began administering the CDA
     on September 1, 1985
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                                    Benefits of the CDA

                                   • Professional recognition
                                    • Recognized nationwide

                                         • National standards

                                  • Measures competencies


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                                      Benefits of the CDA

             Communities benefit because competent
            individuals strongly influence the education
             and development of children during their
                          most critical years




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                                  Settings for CDA

         A CDA is a person who is able to meet specific needs of
       children and who with parents and other adults, nurtures
      children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.


         Center-Based                                        Family Child Care               Home Visitor


 Infant Toddler                              Preschool
                                                                                               Bilingual


         Bilingual                                                               Bilingual
                                                       Bilingual

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                                      Settings for CDA
 State approved child development
  setting

 At least 8 or more children enrolled
      (center based preschool and infant/toddler)

 At least two caregivers who work
  with the children on a regular basis.
     (center based preschool and infant/toddler)
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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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                                                   Eligibility

High School Diploma or equivalent, or be a
 junior or senior in a high school vocational
 program in early childhood education
480 hours of experience in appropriate
 setting
120 Clock Hours Education in Eight ECE
 Subject Areas

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                                           Subject Areas
     1. Planning a safe, healthy learning
        environment
     2. Steps to advance children’s physical
        and intellectual development
     3. Positive ways to support children’s
        social and emotional development
     4. Strategies to establish productive
        relationships with families
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                                           Subject Areas
  5. Strategies to manage an effective
     program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to
     professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s
     behavior
  8. Principles of child development and
     learning.
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                                                 Education

          College Credit or non college credit

          No fewer than 10 hours in each
           subject areas

          Training obtained at conferences or
           from individual consultants is not
           acceptable.

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                                       Training Hours
   Includes but is not limited to:

       Early Childhood Education/child care
        programs

       Vocational and technical schools

       Two year junior and community colleges

        Four-year colleges and universities

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                                              Opportunities

   Within individual programs

  “Cluster” training sessions where several
   programs participate

  Trainer/consultant “directory” where
   programs share trainers
  Articulation Agreements
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Verification of Training Provided

                                                   Transcript
                                                   Certificate
                                                     Letter
       Candidate must cite the number of clock
       hours completed in each required area of
           study on the Direct Assessment
                  Application Form
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                                   Essentials for CDA




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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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       CDA Application Requirements

 • Completed, accurate CDA Application
 • $325
 • Completed Observation Instrument
 • Parent Questionnaires
 • Documentation and verification of
   meeting eligibility requirements
   (experience/education)
 • Professional Resources File
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                 Professional Resource File
  Collection of materials used by the
   Candidate

  Provides a picture of what Candidate
   values in their work

  Provides opportunity to locate resources
   and articulate their own view of their
   work in early childhood programs
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                   Professional Resource File

 • Arrangement
        – Portable, creative, professional, manageable
 • Contents
                • Autobiography
                       – 300 word statement (who you are and why you chose to work
                         with young children )
                • Statements of Competence
                       – Statements of Competence
                           » Writes six based on competency goals, 200-500 words each
                • Resource Collection (17 specific items)
                       – Organized by Competency Goal areas
                       – Numbered for easy reference
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 Advisor Eligibility Requirements

  Combination of Education and Experience




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                              Formal Observation

Conduct one or more
(2.5-3 hours in length)

                                                              Conducted and
                                                              dated within six
                                                              months before
                                                              submission of
                                                              application
                                                              (original
                                                              returned to the
                                                              candidate in
                                                              sealed
                                                              envelope)
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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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                                                     Pacing
   • Applications accepted on a rolling
     basis
   • Verification visit occurs within 90
     days from the date the Council
     receives your complete and correct
     application


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                               Suggestions and Tips
• Develop and implement a timeline and
  follow it
• Use the Candidate Checklist
• Check the Direct Assessment Application
  for any mistakes or omissions before
  mailing it to the Council
• Remember that programs may provide
  their own training!
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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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                                   Verification Visit


  The original, completed Professional Resource File
  Include a copy of the Autobiographical Statement
  Include a copy of the Statements of Competence
  A sealed envelope containing the CDA Assessment
   Observation Instrument
  A sealed envelope containing the Parent Opinion
   Questionnaires
  The Competency Standards book you purchased
  A photo identification card (your I.D.)
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                                Conclusion of Visit



                    – The Original Autobiography

                    – The Original Statements of
                      Competence
                    – The 17 item Resource Collection from
                      the Professional Resource File
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          What does the Council Receive?




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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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                                Congratulations!




                                                             CDA




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                               Assessment Stages
1. Inquiry

2. Collection of Documentation by the Candidate

3. Application

4. Verification Visit by the Council Representative

5. Credential Award

6. Credential Renewal
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                                                    Renewal

• Valid for three years

• Current Red Cross or other agency First Aid Certificate

• 4.5 Continuing Education Units or three-credit-hour course

• Recent work experience with young children- minimum of
  80 hours

• Letter of Recommendation

• Membership in early childhood organization
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                      Second Setting Credential
• Hold an active CDA credential
• Original must have been earned on or after January
  1, 1993
• A minimum of 45 clock hours of training specific to
  the second setting. The hours may be part of the
  original 120 formal training clock hours or
  additional training
• An Observation by an Advisor selected by the
  Candidate
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                      Second Setting Credential

• Minimum of 60 clock hours of work experience with
  children of the second setting/age group, accrued
  over a period of no less than three months within
  the past five years

• Parent Opinion Questionnaires from the parents of
  the children in the second setting/age group class.


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                                          Questions?




                                                             CDA




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                                                     Virginia




                                                Credentials
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                    VIRGINIA Credential Options

  • Virginia Infant Toddler Credential




  • Virginia Early Childhood
    Development Credential
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                                Weighing the Options
                                                             VA Early Childhood    VA Infant/ Toddler
                                                               Development             Credential
                                              CDA                Credential

   Renewal                          Every Three Years               N/A                  N/A


                                                                                    19 credit hours
Training Hours                                 120             19 credit hours     (specific courses)
                                                             ( specific courses)       Six hours in
                                                                                     infant/toddler
                                                                                         courses

 Experience                                    480                  480                   480
  Education                  Must hold a high school         Must be enrolled      Must be enrolled
                         diploma, or equivalent, or must      in a Virginia         in a Virginia
                          be a junior or senior in a high      community             community
                          school vocational program in           college               college.
                                 early education
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                                Weighing the Options
                                              CDA                Preschool            Infant/Toddler

     Recognized                           Nationally           By OHS for use            By OHS In
                                                                 In Virginia              Virginia
         Setting                     State approved           Must have 480 hours       Must have 480
                                   child development         experience, but do not   hours experience,
                                         setting              have to be working in   but do not have to
                                                              a child development      be working in a
                                                                      setting         child development
                                                                                            setting

           Fees                       $18.00 for              $10.00 to submit        $10.00 to submit
                                  Application Packet,        application, cost of     application, cost
                                  $325.00 to submit             course work            of course work
                                     application

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                                               Resources
                                   Council for Professional Recognition
                                           www.cdacouncil.org

                                        Virginia’s Community Colleges
                                              www.vccs.edu

                          Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network
                                       www.vachildcare.org

                                             Smart Beginnings
                                           www.smartbeginnings.org


                          Child Day Care Provider Scholarship Program
                    http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cc/scholarship.cgi
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                            Kathleen Pathan
                            Regional Coordinator, Head Start TA Region III
                            Kathleen.Pathan@icfi.com

                           Pamela K. Blackburn
                           Early Childhood Specialist, Virginia Head Start TA Region III
                           pblackburn@icfi.com

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