To the CDA and Beyond!

I have two major business goals for Little Scholar this year.  One, is to finally get finished with my CDA (The Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program) and get the National Association for Family Child Care Accreditation.  My plan is to do them back to back.  That may sound a bit crazy but, some of the criteria is similar and I will hopefully be at the top of my teaching game.  If anyone would like to sign on to this little adventure, let me know, I would welcome the company.

Obtaining the CDA is something that I have wanted to do since I started in 1994.  It has eluded me, through life’s little adventures, thus far.  So, I have designated this year,  to make this happen.  I also feel since my degree is not in Early Childhood Development or Education that this will add more credibility and excellence to my program.

I plan to detail my progress, here on the Green Fish, in hopes that it will keep me accountable.  Maybe, get some feed back and inspire others in their own growth as a teacher and business owner.

Here is what I have done so far.  I have determined my eligibility.

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • I do hold a high school diploma or GED
  • I have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years.  I am a bit afraid, to count up my real hours on that one.
  • I Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years. This I am a bit short on, but I have a plan.  I am going to use Care Courses, to get the rest of my hours.Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment.

The 120 clock hours of education must be documented, with no fewer than 10 hours in each of the following content areas:

  • Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment
  • Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development;
  • Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development;
  • Strategies to establish productive relationships with families;
  • Strategies to manage an effective program operation;
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism;
  • Observing and recording children’s behavior; and
  • Principles of child development and learning.

I have purchased my application packet (this is $18) plus, I also have purchased the Essentials for Child Development Associates.  I don’t know If I really need this or not, so that will be determined.  I believe much of it is already materials I am very familiar with.  I am already experienced with the The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R), since I have done three of them in the last year and half.  I have an advisor and set my dead line for turning in my application for June 1st.

So, what is the next step? The preparation of the application.  Which, includes a great deal of writing, I’m told.  Well, I think I have that one covered.  The super secret parent opinion questionnaires. Saying it like that just makes you want to take a peek.  Then the assessments and observations by your advisor. Okay, that is a lot now that I have planned through it, to get done by May.  So, wish me luck.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I did these two things back to back when I was about three years into child care. Looking back, I think I was being kooky. But it was great, as one fed into the other. I had gathered the information for my professional portfolio for the CDA, then filled out the stuff for NAFCC accreditation. By the time the CDA observation and test was done, they had told me that it was time for my accreditation visit. It was sort of a blur. Both were tremendously helpful to me, made me feel so much more confident about my business and my work with children. Congratulations on these goals, I know you’ll love hanging those up on your wall!


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