ERIC Number: ED110169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Child Development Associate: A Guide for Trainees.
Litman, Fran; And Others
The purpose of this guide is to introduce the Child Development Associate (CDA) program, a national effort to train, assess, and grant a professional credential to people who work with young children. This program is designed to fill the need for trained staff in Head Start, day care, nursery schools, and preschool programs. The six CDA competency areas include: (1) creating a safe and healthy learning environment; (2) advancing children's physical and intellectual abilities; (3) developing a child's positive self-image; (4) building a healthy group environment; (5) coordinating home and center experience; and (6) carrying out supplementary responsibilities. Specific competencies in each of these areas are also listed. The common characteristics of various CDA training programs are described: (1) training in the six competency areas; (2) integration of academic and field experiences; (3) individualized training; (4) flexible scheduling; (5) college accredited coursework in most programs; and (6) ongoing assessment. Basic features of the formal procedure for credentialing are outlined. Questions and answers concerning the trainee's role, time required, costs, career opportunities, and training availability are included. (ED)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.