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What do I do if my CDA has expired?

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Jul 18, 2017 2:56:30 PM


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Has your CDA expired? Are you wondering if you should renew or reapply?  People call every day with questions such as, "Can I renew my national CDA if it expired?" or "When does my CDA expire?" or "Is it too late to renew my national CDA?"  

With so much to keep track of during busy days (or years!) it can be easy to lose track of dates. Make sure to take note of the date you received your CDA and the date it expires. Remember that all CDAs issued after June 2013 must be renewed every three years.

Normally, the CDA Council requires that you complete a new CDA Credential if your expired CDA was not renewed before its expiration date.

However, on July 1, 2017 the Council launched the Renewal Amnesty Program. This program will end March 30, 2018.*

Keep reading to learn if your expired CDA qualifies for this amnesty program!

What is the CDA Council’s Renewal Amnesty Program and how can I renew my expired CDA?

If your CDA Credential expired on or after January 1, 2007, the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program allows you to renew your CDA by waiving the renewal deadline. This allows you to complete the renewal requirements and apply online for renewal, even if you did not submit your renewal application before your credential expired. To be eligible for the Renewal Amnesty Program you must meet the five renewal requirements.

If you plan to renew your CDA under the Renewal Amnesty Program, you must:

  1. Complete 45 hours of continuing education training in the setting of your original CDA Credential
    1. Training must be completed after your CDA credential's issue date.
    2. Training must be completed within 5 years prior to the date you submit your renewal application to the Council.
  2. Choose an early childhood education (ECE) professional to complete your recommendation.
  3. Achieve First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR Certification.
  4. Work with young children in the setting of your original CDA Credential.
  5. Join or renew your membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization

We wrote about the renewal process, too!

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the opportunity to renew under the CDA Council’s Renewal Amnesty Program must have their application materials and payment submitted online by March 30, 2018 with no exceptions or extensions.

If you have already submitted an application to the CDA Council for a new CDA credential because your original CDA credential expired, you must proceed with that initial application process. The Renewal Amnesty Program began on July 1, 2017 and cannot be applied retroactively.

Renew your National CDA with Care Courses

Please let us know how we can assist you further with the CDA process! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

 

 

*This is a new deadline based on an extension announced by the CDA Council on 12/14/2017

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How do I renew my national CDA?

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Jul 5, 2017 8:19:52 AM

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If your CDA credential is expiring soon, you might be asking, “When am I supposed to renew my CDA?” or, “What do I need to do to renew my CDA?”

Don’t worry!  Care Courses has you covered.

You must apply to renew your CDA before your current credential expires, but the earliest you can apply is six months prior to the expiration date on your current credential.  

To be eligible to renew your national CDA, you must have:

“The Council accepts three (3) forms of verification of coursework specific to your setting:
College or University transcript (Transcript must include the college or university’s name and the renewal Candidate’s name.  In addition, the course must reflect successful completion.)

Verification letter on the training agency’s official letterhead, which includes original signature, title, and contact information of person verifying training.

Training Verification Form (official form included in the Renewal Procedures Guide) – This form should be used by CDA Candidates with training certificates and/or training obtained from multiple sources.”

  • A letter verifying that you have 80 hours of work experience with young children within the past year. This verification should be completed by an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer.
    • The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer Standards can be found in the Renewal Procedures Guide for your specific setting. Please note that in order to be considered an ECE Reviewer, the person must meet the CDA Council’s education and work experience standards and must not have any of the conflicts of interest listed in the Renewal Procedures Guide.

  • A letter of recommendation from an ECE Reviewer.
  • Proof of membership to a national or local early childhood professional organization. A list of recommended organizations can be found on the CDA Council’s website.
  • The CDA Council renewal fee of $150. Candidates who apply online receive a $25 discount.

Renew your National CDA with Care Courses

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us at 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends at info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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How can I complete my Illinois Day Care Home Pre-Service Requirement?

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Jun 28, 2017 11:09:00 AM

 

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If you are opening a day care home in Illinois, you might be wondering “How can I complete my Illinois day care home pre-service training?” or “Where can I get 15 hours of pre-service training for my Illinois day care home?”

If you need to complete the 15 clock hours of pre-service training to open up a day care home or group day care home in Illinois, Care Courses is here to help!

Care Courses can be used for the majority of the Illinois day care home pre-service training requirements. Here’s how:

You must also take Mandated Reporter Training to complete the pre-service training requirement for Illinois day care homes. The Mandated Reporter Training is offered by the IL Department of Children & Family Policy (DCFS).

All Care Courses are accepted by IL DCFS for in-service training clock hours as well. If you are an Illinois child care provider and have questions about how Care Courses can help you, feel free to call our offices at 1-800-685-7610. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or you can email us days, evenings, and weekends: info@CareCourses.com.

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How do I use an EIP Award to Pay for Care Courses Training

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May 31, 2017 9:17:26 AM

If you are a New York child care provider and would like to use an Educational Incentive Program (EIP) award to pay for Care Courses, you’re in luck!  Care Courses accepts SUNY EIP awards to pay for New York child care training.

 

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Most Care Courses are approved for New York State's continuing education training requirements.  Visit our blog about earning 30 hours in 9 training topics using Care Courses.

In order to use the SUNY EIP award to pay for NY child care training with Care Courses, you must first apply for the award.  For more information about applying for the award, contact SUNY by phone (1-800-295-9616) or visit their website.

Once you’ve applied, there are two ways you can use the EIP award to pay for child care training with Care Courses either when placing the order initially or for reimbursement after you’ve ordered.

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How can I place my Care Courses order using my SUNY EIP award?

If you want to order NY child care training with Care Courses using your EIP award, you have to receive your EIP award first.  Once you’ve applied for and are granted the EIP award, you can place your order.  How?  Following these simple steps:

  1. Sign the EIP award sent to you by SUNY.
  2. Fill out a Care Courses Order Form with your info, along with the order info that you gave to SUNY when you applied for the award.
  3. Mail both to Care Courses at P.O. Box 10526 Mclean, VA 22102 – we must receive the signed, original EIP award that SUNY sent to you.
  4. Once we receive your EIP award, we will process the order for your course(s) and either send you the coursebooks or the codes for the online courses (whichever format you indicated on your Care Courses Order Form).

I need to place my order now but I still want to apply for the EIP award to pay for the Care Courses training, how can I receive reimbursement?

If you’ve already placed an order or need to place an order ASAP and still want to use the EIP award for reimbursement, Care Courses can help! 

Once you’ve applied for and are granted the EIP award:

  1. Sign the EIP award sent to you by SUNY.
  2. Write a note indicating that you are submitting the EIP award to Care Courses for reimbursement. Include the Care Courses order number for the courses that you received the EIP award for.
  3. Mail that original, signed EIP award along with the note to Care Courses at P.O. Box 10526 Mclean, VA 22102.
  4. Once we receive the EIP award and your note, Care Courses will process a refund for the order.

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings, and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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How can I get parents more involved with my child care program?

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May 25, 2017 10:20:04 AM

 

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Parental involvement is a key component to the success of any child care program. At Care Courses, we have two courses that address the issues involving parents and families in child care programs. The courses are Partnerships with Parents and Parents in Child Care.

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Today we are going to look at a few ideas from our 10-hour course, Partnerships with Parents, which discusses fostering relationships with the parents of the children in your care.

Communication and collaboration between caregivers and parents are vital to children’s success. From classroom volunteers, to project coordinators, to community advocates—parents can fulfill many different roles in your child care program. There are lots of ways parents can provide resources outside the normal daycare staff.

In turn, caregivers should be able to advise parents on ways to nurture their children at home and provide consistency between the home and the care environments. Caregivers are professionals who can help parents navigate the trials and triumphs of parenting. Parents need to see their children’s caregivers as skilled partners who can advise and assist parents in a truly collaborative relationship.

Parents and caregivers will sometimes have misunderstandings and disagreements. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you deal with whatever situation may arise. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a Code of Ethical Conduct that can be used as a great reference when working through problems with parents.

In our course, Partnerships with Parents, we discuss the importance of parental communication and cooperation for the benefit of the children in your care. Do you want to learn more? Visit our website!

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings, and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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What are appropriate ways to discipline the children in my care?

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Mar 3, 2017 12:30:00 PM

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Child care providers often wonder about proper discipline techniques for the children that they care for.  Care Courses offers several courses dealing with that very topic.   

Our course, Discipline in Child Care, provides lots of useful information for implementing appropriate positive guidance techniques in your program. 

As all child care providers know, there comes a time when you’re at your wits end with some of the children in your care.  However, when it comes to dealing with the sometimes challenging behaviors of children, you must choose methods that are constructive, provide guidance, and are supportive to children’s emotional growth and wellbeing. 

Often, when talking about “discipline,” the first thing that comes to mind is “punishment.”  Punishment may stop undesired behavior in the moment, but it has very negative long-term effects.  Punishment hurts the development of self-esteem rather than building it.  Rather than punish, use positive guidance techniques. 

Positive guidance shows respect for the child and helps them learn to manage their own behavior.  When used appropriately it will teach the children that they did something wrong while guiding them to make the right decisions next time.  This is all done while treating the child as a responsible person and building their self-esteem.

This means you should never use:

  • Physical punishment (spanking, shaking, slapping, etc.)
  • Verbal abuse (Shouting, profanity, name-calling, etc.)
  • Forcing a child to eat or drink against their will
  • Isolation/”Time Out”

Treat the children with respect and explain what they have done wrong and why it’s wrong using a firm, yet friendly voice. Assist them in expressing themselves and help them think about solutions to the problem at hand.

Remember that the stronger a child’s motivation is to “be good,” the more effort the child will exert in this direction.

In our course, Discipline in Child Care, we discuss different and effective guidance techniques for young children. 

Want to Learn More?  Check out "Discipline in Child Care" on CareCourses.com

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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What are some fun activities to do with children in child care?

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Jul 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Child care providers are always on the lookout for fun activities for kids.  Having fun and engaging activities for the children in your care is part of creating a joyous child care program.  Care Courses offers a free one-hour course called  A Joyful Life of Caregiving, which will give you great ideas for adding more joy to your child care program. 

If you’re looking for fun activities to do with children in your care, try this one from A Joyful Life of Caregiving called “This Ain’t No Piano.”

Directions:

Explain that you want to build an instrument out of the children. One by one, have the children lie on the floor on their backs – side by side or zig-zag with each child’s head on the stomach of the previous child.  As each child is placed, ask, “What is your sound?”  Any Sound that the child can make with his or her mouth is OK.  The child must keep the same sound throughout the activity.

When all are placed, you are ready to play the instrument.  Children make their sound when you touch the foreheads and continue the sound as long as you are touching them.  After children are familiar with the procedure, let them take turns being conductor.

This activity can bring teachers and children together for a simple and fun musical game!

In addition to this activity, students who have taken the course have shared their favorite activities in the comments section of the blog!  Here are some other great examples:

  • “I chose bubbles for the most joyous activity! There are lots of really great homemade bubble recipes on the internet. We store bubble liquid in clean glass spaghetti jars. For maximum fun, we enjoy blowing and chasing bubbles outside with my 3 - 5 year olds. The chasing/bubble blowing will keep children engaged for at least 20 minutes. Adults may have to hold the jars or make certain they are safe and stable. Also, be ready to wipe hands so children do not wipe their eyes with soapy hands.”
  • “We call it "the sleeping game"(pantomime game). I call out to all the children to fall asleep and then sing a small tune. In the song, I tell the children what they will 'be' when they wake up and then the tune ends, telling the children to wake up. Once 'awake', the children act out/move around/make sounds/etc to imitate the thing that they 'are'. This is great for different themes (i.e. ocean theme you could have them wake up as a fish, octopus, shark, etc) and requires no equipment. It can be played indoors or outside so long as there is enough space for the children to move about. Toddlers to School aged enjoy this game and you can make it more or less challenging as appropriate for your group; special considerations would be to make sure all the children in the group know what it is that you're telling them to be (sometimes the children have requests of what they want to be next and it becomes a turn-taking game as well!). No time limit, you can tell when they have lost interest in the game. The children really enjoy the movement aspect and using their imagination in pretending to be something else, they especially enjoy taking turns calling out what they want to 'be' next. I enjoy seeing the different ways the children express their ideas of how to be something different and it is fun and can be challenging thinking of something new for them to 'be'.”
  • “We act out our favorite books. Each student gets to be a different character, they act out the actions as I read the story. They are allowed to interpret them in their own way. We use props made from things we find around the room(blue paper for a river, blocks become a bridge).”

Check out other recommendations from our students and share your own in the comments section!

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

 

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What are some activities to promote integration and cooperation in child care?

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Jun 27, 2016 9:03:34 AM

 

Many caregivers often wonder how children need guidance to learn how to travel outside their familiar circles to get to know others from different backgrounds.  At Care Courses we offer a course called Everyone Welcome!, which can help early childhood professionals understand how to incorporate children from varying ethnic groups.  It can also teach child care providers how to provide services and opportunities to members of all groups equally.

Integration has three main advantages. First, everyone has opportunities to participate in what the bigger group is doing. Second, pooling everyone’s resources gives the entire group a competitive advantage in getting things accomplished. Third, learning to work and play together as equals instead of separately can dissolve the problems of prejudice and nurture the seeds of friendship.

Here are two activities that would promote teamwork and cooperative play among the children in your care:

Example 1: Duck, Duck, Goose Name Game

Everyone is familiar with the “Duck, Duck, Goose!" game, but in this game the child will say the child’s name, followed by the word duck.
For example: “Tristan duck, Petra duck, Ramen duck, Nonie duck,” and so on. With this way of playing the game, everyone helps with the challenge of understanding and remembering names.

Example 2: Snow Ball Fight

With this activity you need to hand out paper and pencils and ask each person to answer several simple introductory questions like these:

-What is your favorite color?

-What season were you born in?

-What sport do you enjoy the most?

- If you were a famous person who would you be?

Now, everyone will crumple up their paper into a ball. When everyone is ready, someone calls out “Snow Ball Fight” and everyone throws paper balls at each other. Now each person takes turns opening a snow ball, reading the answers out loud and trying to guess who wrote the answers.

In our Care Course, Everyone Welcome! , we discuss a variety of ways to help children learn to do things in unison, stay with the group, and follow directions. Want to learn more? Find this course on our website!

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

 

 

 

 

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What's a good activity to encourage communication and cooperation in children?

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Jun 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Looking for a group activity that helps improve cooperative task completion, communication skills, and body awareness? Try “Cooperative Spider Web” from our course “Conflict Resolution in Child Care.”

You will need a ball of string and a large enough area for the children to sit in a circle.  A thicker (heavier) string will work best.

Explain to the children that you are going to make a giant spider web, but that this will only work if everyone does their part.  Have children sit in a circle (close enough together so that the children can roll the ball to one another.)

Start with one child.  Hand them the end of the string and the ball.  They should use one hand to hang onto the end and the other hand to hold the ball.  The child then rolls the ball to another child in the circle, who will also hold onto the string with one hand while rolling the ball with the other.  Continue in this manner. 

You may have to remind the children frequently to hold on, because if everyone doesn’t hold on to the string, the entire web will collapse.  Continued movement of the string will result in a web. 

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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If You're Happy and You Know It...

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Jun 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

If you need a fun and engaging activity to do with the whole group of children in your care, try this suggestion from one of our students!


I love to do ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It.’  This works great inside and outdoors.  Keep in mind though that the different activities you do with the song might be different if indoors.  I normally do this with the 1 year olds, but you could do it with the older kids as well.  Simply give them an instruction like ‘If you’re happy and you know it touch your head.’  If you’re outdoors change it to something more physical like ‘If you’re happy and you know it, run.’

If  you try this activity with the children in your care, share your experience in the "comments" section!

Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

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