ERIC Number: ED317288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The 1988 CDA National Survey Results.
Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Washington, DC.
A 44-item questionnare was sent to 11,000 Child Development Associates in the fall of 1988 in an effort to provide an updated view of the constituency served by the Child Development Association (CDA) National Credentialing Program. The questionnaire covered four categories: (1) background information; (2) education and experience; (3) training for the CDA; and (4) salary and position increases after receipt of the CDA credential. Responses were received from 37 percent of those surveyed. It was found that the overwhelming majority of CDAs are females having an average age of 38 years at the time of the credential award. A variety of ethnic groups make up the CDA population; 53 percent of the population is white. CDAs, who are generally well-educated, work in a range of preschool settings. Nearly 80 percent worked for Headstart at the time of the credential award. CDAs receive considerable support from employers and the community. Most employers of CDAs paid all or part of the cost of their CDA training. Most CDAs teach, and their salaries are low. In 1988, 52 percent received a salary increase as a direct result of having earned the CDA credential. However, salary increases were minimal, with only 20 percent receiving increases over $500 a year. Position increases have shown a slight upward trend since 1983. The survey instrument is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Washington, DC.