Who can serve as my Early Childhood Education Reviewer?

If you are renewing your national center-based or family child care Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, you will need an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Professional to serve as your ECE Reviewer. An ECE Reviewer must have recent—within the last year—and firsthand knowledge of your capability as a caregiver for children in the setting of your credential. The ECE Reviewer must verify on your application that you have at least 80 hours of experience working with children in your setting in the past year.

An ECE Reviewer must meet one of three education requirements.

  1. A four-year child development degree and two years of experience working in early child care (at least one year working directly with the children and at least one year of responsibility for the professional growth of another adult)
  2. A two-year child development degree and four years of experience in early child care (at least two years working directly with the children and at least two years of responsibility for the professional growth of another adult)
  3. A valid CDA credential; 12 college credits or 180 clock hours of training in early childhood education; and six years of experience working in early child care (at least four years working directly with children and at least two years of responsibility for the professional growth of another adult)

In the interest of objectivity and credibility, there should be no conflict of interest when choosing an Early Childhood Education Reviewer. The reviewer must not be working with you as a co-teacher on a daily basis in the same group or home; must not be related to you; and must not be related to a child in your care.

More information on the requirements of an ECE Reviewer can be found in Information for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Reviewer from the Council for Professional Recognition. For more information on renewing your CDA, read the Renewal Procedures Guide.

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