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The CDA® Gold Standard TRAINING CERTIFICATION

Verified Practices For Professional Preparation


FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS

the Council for Professional Recognition has promoted improved performance and recognition for professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to five years old. Through our comprehensive assessments of educator knowledge and classroom, competence the prestigious Child Development Associate Credentialsi (CDAŽ) has set the standard for what early educators should know and be able to do. Now, for the first time, the Council is extending its expertise to offer quality assurance to CDA candidates that the training they receive meets the Council’s rigorous industry-leading subject matter and competency criteria.


INTRODUCTION TO THE

CDA Gold Standard Training Certification

The new CDA Gold Standard Training Certification provides public recognition to organizations who work in collaboration with the Council to demonstrate their commitment to advancing professional development for CDA candidates. The Gold Standard is intended to be a guide for CDA candidates that helps them find providers that implement and deliver the highest quality training based on the Council’s demanding criteria. THE GOLD STANDARD REPRESENTS: • PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION that distinguishes your organization as a verified high-quality provider to CDA candidates. • CERTIFICATION that the training and professional development you provide are aligned with the Council’s subject matter areas and competency criteria and desired outcomes. • ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH EVIDENCE that your organization meets the Council’s rigorous criteria for professional development, business practices, and candidate services. • COLLABORATION with the Council in meeting the training and preparation needs of CDA candidates. • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of a demonstrated commitment to improving practitioner’s skills as early educators and the advancement of the profession.

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The CDA® Gold Standard TRAINING CERTIFICATION

The Importance of the CDA Gold Standard Early educators from across the country and U.S. territories contact the Council daily seeking guidance with selecting training organizations. With the CDA Gold Standard, the Council is addressing a real market need created by the demands of CDA candidates seeking quality training.

CANDIDATES WANT: • Consistent quality and relevant content from a reliable and reputable training program. • Coursework and training that aligns with the Council’s CDA® Eight Subject Areas.

There are Gold Standard is awarded in one of two types of certifications based on the CDA professional development training offered by an organization. THE CDA GOLD STANDARD TRAINING CERTIFICATION – COMPREHENSIVE

• Accountability and assurance of ethical business policies and practices that include advising candidates of the additional steps required beyond training for them to be qualified to receive a CDA. • Assistance that meets the needs of all candidates, for example - those who are bilingual, multilingual or geographically isolated.

Training matters for early childhood

is designed for organizations that offer professional development encompassing the entire CDA preparation process.ii This includes meeting all of the Eight CDA Subject Areas.

educators who seek to meet the

THE CDA GOLD STANDARD TRAINING CERTIFICATION – SELECT

CDA Gold Standard Training Certification

is designed for organizations that offer CDA coursework specific to meeting a minimum of four out of the Eight CDA Subject Areas.iii

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developmental, emotional and educational needs of young children. The now offers CDA candidates the guidance they need when selecting training and professional development services.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

1. Have offered CDAÂŽ coursework for a minimum of three full calendar years without interruption of services; and, 2. Be currently offering courses leading to a CDA determination.

Who Can Earn the CDA To Gold Standard?

The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification is available to organizations offering training and professional development in early childhood education, such as: Nonprofit organizations Higher education institutions Child care resource and referral agencies Head Start training programs Private training companies


How to Earn the CD Gold Standard The Council recognizes the need for a trusted highquality certification that creates well- informed CDA candidates. Many CDA candidates receive trainings and professional development from multiple sources and from different types of organizations. That’s why the Council is offering two types of The CDA Gold Standards Training Certification: Comprehensive and Select. To earn The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification Comprehensive you must: • Align with all Eight CDA Subject Areas and provide support for CDA candidates for the entire credentialing process • Demonstrate sound business policies and practices • Provide quality Candidate service • Complete a verification visit by a Council trained reviewer To earn The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification Select you must: • Align with a minimum of four of the Eight CDA Subject Areas • Demonstrate sound business policies and practices • Provide quality Candidate service • Complete a verification visit by a Council trained reviewer To earn The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification for either a Comprehensive or a Select type - you must: • Meet the Council’s rigorous assessment criteria including the mandatory submission of evidence based on the Council’s required criteria and a verification visit by a Council trained reviewer.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the Council at 202.265.9090 or Email: goldstandard@cdacouncil.org (placeholder).

To earn certification for either type you must meet the Council’s rigorous assessment criteria including the mandatory submission of evidence based on the Council’s required criteria and a verification visit by a Council trained reviewer.


Assessment Principles Both types of The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification are built upon three primary principles that every organization must meet: 1. CDA® Formal Education Coursework Alignment 2. Business Policies and Practices 3. Quality Candidate Service

PRINCIPLE 1: CDA® FORMAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK ALIGNMENT Ask Yourself: How well does the CDA education and preparation program offered by your organization align with the Eight CDA® Subject Areas? Gold SGold Standard applicants must focus on high quality instruction that improves practitioner’s skills and prepares them for the CDA application process. This is determined by providing evidence that the coursework and training content offered within their programs are aligned with the Council’s Eight CDA Subject Areas. These rigorous CDA subject areas are comprised of the required main areas of core knowledge that are put into practice in early childhood programs daily.

PRINCIPLE 2: BUSINESS POLICIES AND PRACTICES Ask Yourself: In what ways does your organization manage and sustain effective, ethical business practices? How does your organization ensure program accountability? Gold Standard applicants must demonstrate program accountability by providing evidence of ethical business policies and practices; and, demonstrate the ability to sustain the high quality of the programs and courses offered. The intent is to ensure that CDA candidates receive well-defined, appropriate and relevant content.

PRINCIPLE 3: QUALITY CANDIDATE SERVICE Ask Yourself: What do your Candidates say about your organization’s programs and your service delivery? How do you ensure excellence in meeting Candidate’s educational and professional needs? Gold Standard applicants must provide evidence from participants that they serve the CDA candidate community with excellence. Quality candidate service emphasizes your organization’s ability to offer a CDA professional development preparation experience that provides comprehensive or select services to students, aligns with the goal of acquiring a CDA and supports professional development that prepares candidates for successful completion of the training program.

Your Gold Standard Seal is a Recognition of Quality! Use of The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification seals will be awarded to qualifying organizations for three years. The Council will provide successful organizations with guidelines on the acceptable use of the seals. During the three-year award period, the Council and the qualifying organization will monitor the success rates of CDA candidates using the organization’s services as a continued assurance of quality performance.

Proven Competence is a Matter of Integrity The CDA Gold Standard Training Certification provides an assurance that training organizations provide prime practices in the professional development of CDA candidates. Our certification program is a method by which the Council promotes improved performance and professional recognition for those working to earn a CDA certification. With The Gold Standard, we are confirming the importance of strong collaboration with high-quality early childhood educators, administrators, colleges, universities and training organizations. We believe that our new CDA Gold Standard Training certifications add value and integrity to our profession by verifying connections between the Council’s proven teacher competencies and the quality training resources available to CDA candidates through early childhood education.

READY TO GO FOR THE GOLD STANDARD! GET STARTED NOW! Applying for the CDA Gold Standard Training Certification Comprehensive or Select is simple and straightforward. A Gold Standard application packet is available online. It will help guide applicants through the entire submission process. (www.cdacouncil.org)


The CDA® Gold Standard TRAINING CERTIFICATION

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