The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential (TM) continues to be the best beginning step as you move toward educational and career goals and create a positive mindset for lifelong learning. Major changes were recently made to the CDA Credential process. While the new procedure may seem overwhelming, navigating it doesn't have to be difficult. This guide has been updated to reflect all of the new material and requirements to help you earn the Credential in a less stressful, more meaningful way. The CDA Prep Guide, Third Edition, includes step-by-step expert advice, helpful forms, templates, self-studies, exercises, and many examples to help you:
Assemble your Professional Portfolio and Resource Collection
Examine your practices and setting in preparation for the formal Observation
Write your Reflective Statements of Competence
Develop your own Professional Philosophy Statement
Learn about and locate a Professional Development Specialist
Work through the Application process
Practice for the CDA Exam
Prepare for the Verification Visit, understand the questions that will be asked during the Reflective Dialogue, and develop and implement your educational and professional goals
Renew your CDA Credential and continue professional development after earning your CDA Credential
The CDA Prep Guide, Third Edition, has designated sections for center-based preschool, infant/toddler, and family child care providers with information specific to each setting.
Debra Pierce is an educator, CDA trainer and advisor, and has served as a credentialing representative of the Council for Professional Recognition. She has a master's degree in early childhood education and has taught in preschool, kindergarten, and first and second grade classrooms. She has also served as a parent educator in the national Parents as Teachers program. Currently, she is professor of early childhood education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and also conducts CDA train the trainer workshops across the country.