In order to get a position in a quality center, to expect advancement, and to demand proper compensation, you may either be looking toward a CDA Credential or actively pursuing one.
In light of current research regarding the vital importance of ensuring quality care for young children, new legislation continues to impact the early childhood profession. To stay within state and federal guidelines, an increasing number of preschools and day care centers are requiring even entry-level teachers and caregivers to have a CDA Credential.
However, as these individuals begin the CDA process,a rather large percentage are uninformed, not only about what is expected of themselves, but also of their classroom environments, in order to meet Council criteria.
As you learn more about the meaning of developmentally appropriate practice during the course of your training hours, you may realize that what you are doing or, more often, that the center in which you work, is not going to meet Council standards.
Or, you may have purchased your CDA Application Packet from the Council and found it to be somewhat generalized and confusing and you have no one to help you.
These situations can be very frustrating and, sadly, many Candidates drop out of the process or even leave the early childhood profession altogether.
Neither one of these outcomes is acceptable and will ultimately impact the futures of young children. It was for this reason I have devoted the past 15 years to helping CDA Candidates.
I have helped countless Candidates through the CDA process, both in the classroom and through this website.
Over the years, the demand for help has increased substantially and I was unable to keep up with the requests. I realized that there needed to be a preparation manual for the CDA.
Fortunately, Redleaf Press shared my vision and the CDA Prep Guide, the only one of its kind, is a reality! For more information, see the CDA Prep Guide page.
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