Child Development Associates (CDAs) know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.
Little Tyke is committed to and supports all teachers that are striving to reach this credential. Our goal is to have every teacher that is employed with Little Tyke to have their CDA. We understand that it takes a big commitment, but one that creates confident teachers with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.
What is a CDA Teacher?
A CDA teacher is someone who is a trained child development associate (CDA), according to the Council for Professional Recognition. CDAs work in the child care and early education field and are found across the United States.
Persons wishing to apply to become CDAs must have a minimum of 480 hours spent working with children within five years, 120 hours of documented child care training in a range of subjects, be age 18 or older and hold a GED or diploma from high school. An application must be completed, and a Council for Professional Recognition representative must visit the candidate to verify her qualifications before a certificate is issued.
The Council for Professional recognition notes that more than 15,000 child care workers apply for CDA certification each year. In addition CDA requirements are incorporated into the child care center regulations in 49 states, and Washington D.C. As of 2010, there are more than 200,000 CDAs across the United States.
Who looks for a CDA?
A CDA or similar credential is required by most centers that are aimed at smaller children as a priority. Elementary schools, pre-schools and child care centers are just three examples of institutions that look for credentials that will state that an instructor has taken coursework to help for the development of the children she will be taking care of. This is a very big importance in the role of educational centers as the main focus is always on proper development of children moving through the school system as proper development will help them grow into better adults.
But, more important, many jobs will see this credential and be impressed: a credential aimed at helping children other than just educational institutions. People looking at a future in pediatrics, child psychologists and any field that will require dealing with children on a semi-regular basis can use this credential to help prove that they are very well trained in dealing with children.