ERIC Number: ED118251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Day Care and the CDA; 1974: A Position Paper.
Child Development Associate Consortium, Inc., Washington, DC.
This position paper summarizes the views of the 12-member Day Care Task Force to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Consortium, following a series of colloquies held by the task force on topics related to staff training and assessment in the day care field. Topics covered are: (1) definition of day care for children, (2) specific competencies required of day care staff beyond the basic CDA certification, (3) assessment procedures, (4) credentialing procedures, (5) eligibility requirements, and (6) special problems. Day care is defined as a multidisciplinary, nonexclusionary extension of the family, operating in an extended time frame at the request of families who use it. The CDA performance criteria are judged adequate to meet primary needs in day care but lacking in the areas of human relations, individual differences, principles of learning, self-knowledge, objective observation, listening skills, and feeling tone. The task force consensus on the CDA assessment procedures for day care workers is that the additional competencies should be recognized, that procedures should be flexible enough to take account of artificial differences between full and part day staff, and that observations should be extended from 3 hours to a full day session. It is urged that the credentialing system remain independent cf existing licensing or credentialing processes and remain regionalized for flexibility. (GO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Associate Consortium, Inc., Washington, DC.