Top 5 reasons you should get a CDA Credential

You have probably heard of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. But what is it? And more importantly, is it right for you? We work closely with the CDA Council here at Care Courses, so here’s our take on why it is beneficial to get this professional credential. You learn more! Whether you’ve been workingContinue reading “Top 5 reasons you should get a CDA Credential”

Is there a time limit for the CDA?

If you are using Care Courses to complete the 120 hours of training for your National CDA, you have as long as you need to complete your coursework.    Let Care Courses Help You Earn Your National CDA! The CDA process typically takes six to eight months on average to complete, but every candidate isContinue reading “Is there a time limit for the CDA?”

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 yourContinue reading “Who can serve as my Early Childhood Education Reviewer?”

What’s an early childhood professional organization membership?

Renewing your national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential? The CDA Council requires that you submit proof of membership in an early childhood professional organization. Your membership must be current at the time you submit your CDA renewal application. The CDA Council will accept an individual membership or one that is part of your center’s membership.Continue reading “What’s an early childhood professional organization membership?”

5 Steps to Completing the Professional Portfolio for your National CDA

Are you pursuing a National CDA? Are you ready to start your Professional Portfolio? Care Courses wants to help! So how do you create your CDA Professional Portfolio? Anyone pursuing their CDA Credential should purchase the Competency Standards Book, which is available through the CDA Council’s website. This book gives step-by-step instructions on how to build your ProfessionalContinue reading “5 Steps to Completing the Professional Portfolio for your National CDA”

What is a CDA?

Let Care Courses Help You Earn Your National CDA! The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is the most widely recognized credential in the early childhood education field. Earning your CDA confirms to employers, parents, and others that you understand and meet the highest standards in early childhood care and education. The national CDA credential isContinue reading “What is a CDA?”

How do I help abused and neglected children?

Many caregivers wonder how to support abused and neglected children. Here at Care Courses we offer two child care training courses that help early childhood professionals identify and support abused and neglected children. Today I’m going to focus on a few ideas from one of these courses, Abuse and Neglect: A Caregivers Guide to Child Abuse.Continue reading “How do I help abused and neglected children?”

How can I protect children from the sun?

Caregivers often wonder what the proper procedure is for keeping the children they care for protected from the sun’s harmful rays.  At Care Courses, our course Sun Safety tells you what you need to know. All children need protection from the sun and this blog will give you some helpful tips and information to keep children safeContinue reading “How can I protect children from the sun?”

How do Preschoolers Make Friends?

The social development of preschoolers is very important to parents and child care providers alike.  Caretakers want to make sure that their preschoolers develop socially and emotionally, learn to cooperate with adults and children, and make friends. Fostering pro-social behavior in preschool is a key component to helping children become socially competent. In our CareContinue reading “How do Preschoolers Make Friends?”