Michelle Burton of Wee Care Day Care and Learning Center, operated by Network of Community Options Inc., has been awarded a Child Development Association (CDA) credential in recognition of her outstanding work with young children. The credentials were awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.
CDA is the only major national effort to improve childcare by evaluation and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. The first credential was awarded 25 years ago, and now 46 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their childcare licensing regulations.
Parents who use childcare are especially concerned today about their children's welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
The CDA credential is having a positive effect on the quality of childcare. Its impact is evident in center-based and home visitor programs as well as family childcare, the most common form of care for children under 5 years of age.
Child care staff and parents wanting information on CDA should write the council for Professional Recognition at 2460 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009-35757 or call (800) 424-4310.