ERIC Number: ED193325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Career Development Potential and Validity of a Competency Based Credential for Child Care Staff. Final Report.
Pettygrove, Willa Bowman
A credential called the Child Development Associate (CDA) was the focus of this study. Based on the competence of child care staff, it offers two benefits: it may be fair and accurate without resorting to impractical requirements of education and experience, and its recognition may benefit workers' careers. Credentialed and noncredentialed groups of staff were compared on interview responses, test scores, and job supervisor ratings. Also included was a review of related occupations and of the relationship of state child care regulations to the CDA credential. Results of the study indicated that accurate judgments about staff qualification are feasible with a competence assessment like the CDA, but also suggested ways in which the accuracy of the credential procedure might be improved. Given the absence of more differences between the groups, the CDA cannot be used as the sole indicator of ability. Few findings suggested career development benefits from the CDA, perhaps due to limited opportunities within child care. The results suggested possible future career opportunities for CDAs. As a policy to enhance child care quality, the CDA must be viewed as one among many policy alternatives. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Identifiers: California; CDA; Child Development Associate; Minnesota; Professionalism