ERIC Number: ED306985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Competency-Based Child Development Associate (CDA) Outreach Training Program.
Though Columbus State Community College (CSCC) offers a full range of courses in child development, these courses are not always suitable for or accessible to persons who wish to obtain certification as Child Development Associates (CDA's). To meet these educational needs, CSCC developed the Competency-Based CDA Outreach Training Program. The program included: (1) a CDA Overview and Portfolio Building class, which met weekly for 10 weeks; (2) one-credit hour of field experience to be fulfilled in an early childhood setting; and (3) two self-study modules, one in self-concept and one in cognitive curriculum, which were developed from existing course manuals. Over the 17-month project, during which 16 CDA's were trained to successfully meet day care licensing standards, there were successes as well as problems. Some participants felt lost in the classroom portion of the training, and the failure of certain child care settings to follow a developmentally appropriate curriculum caused problems for students and the project coordinator. However, in general, both the students and the children in their care benefited from the program. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus State Community Coll., OH.
Note: Basis of a paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).