The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is nationally recognized and awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition which is based in Washington DC. It offers essential knowledge about working with children and helping them reach their full potential. A CDA is often a first step into a career teaching and caring for young children. CDAs are available in Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care and Home Visitor specialty areas.
According to the National Head Start Performance Standards (Section 648A), Teachers in Center Based programs must:
- Have at least a Child Development Associate Credential, or
- Be enrolled in a Child Development Associate Credential program that will be completed within 1 year
The Leech Lake Early Childhood program supports the opportunity for staff to obtain their Child Development Associate Credential through annual cohorts that begin in October, January, and April. Each CDA candidate will receive 8 Care Course books, which are specific to their age group, and 1 CDA Competency Standards You will also be required to prepare a professional portfolio, schedule a verification visit, and take a computerized CDA exam to complete your CDA.