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CDA TrainingOur expert instructors are Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) Certified and have a wealth of experience in the field of early childhood education, and knowledge in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards, expertise in current educational research, and are truly committed to improving the early childhood field. We offer Customized training in the following areas:

 

OMART CDA Training

Candidates seeking to apply for CDA assessment in any of the three settings (center-based, family child care, and home visitor) must meet the following eligibility requirements:

        • Be 18 years of age or older
        • Hold a high school diploma or GED
        • Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years
        • Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years

The eligibility requirement for CDA Candidates to have 120 clock hours of formal child care education may be met through participation in the wide variety of training available in the field, including in-service. While the formal education hours can be credit or noncredit, the hours must be through an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation. The agency or organization must provide verification of the Candidate's education in the form of a transcript, certificate, or letter.

      • The 120 clock hours of education must be documented, with no fewer than 10 hours in each of the following content areas:
        • Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment
        • Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development;
        • Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development;
        • Strategies to establish productive relationships with families;
        • Strategies to manage an effective program operation;
        • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism;
        • Observing and recording children's behavior; and
        • Principles of child development and learning.
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  • To understand the concept of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • To use knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices to define and evaluate methods.
  • To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices in creating a safe, healthy learning environment for children.
  • To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices to advance physical and intellectual competence.
  • To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices to support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance.
  • To understand the role of the teacher in establishing positive relationships with families and being an advocate for children and families.
  • To understand the role of the teacher as a professional and a manager
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      • To read material from the text, supplementary and resource materials which supply additional information on appropriate methods and learning experiences.
      • To use methods and materials which provide opportunities to encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, verbal and non-verbal communication, creativity, positive self-esteem and basic development.
      • To apply the concepts and theories of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in developing the competency as a practitioner in understanding and using knowledge to define and evaluate methods and materials for young children.
      • To apply the concepts and theories of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in creating a safe, healthy learning environment, advancing physical and intellectual competence, and supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance.
      • To understand the role of the teacher in establishing positive relationships with families and being an advocate for children and families.

To successfully complete the course, developing the competency goals and the Resource File, and the CDA process for the Child Development Associate credential.

OMART CDA Training
  • Course Content Areas/CDA Competency Goals: (Training to consist of a minimum of 120 hours of instructor interaction covering the following):
  • Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment; (15 hours )
  • Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development; ( 15 hours)
  • Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development; ( 15 hours)
  • Strategies to establish productive relationships with families; (15 hours)
  • Strategies to manage an effective program operation; (15 hours)
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism; (15 hours)
  • Observing and recording children's behavior; (15 hours)
  • Principles of child growth and development; (15 hours
OMART CDA Training

All CDA Renewal Candidates must meet the following five criteria:

  • Documented proof of a current Red Cross or other agency First Aid Certificate.
  • Documented proof of at least 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or a three-credit-hour course in early childhood education/child development, principles of adult learning, mental health counseling, etc. These hours must be in addition to the original 120 clock hours required when the Candidate obtained the CDA Credential. Bilingual CDAs must meet this requirement with coursework incorporating bilingual issues.
  • Documented proof of recent (within past year) work experience with young children or families of young children (a minimum of 80 hours).
  • A completed Letter of Recommendation Form regarding the CDA's competence with young children prepared by an Early Childhood Education Professional.
  • Documented proof (within current year) of membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization.
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  • Child Growth & Development
  • Environment, Curriculum & Content
  • Families in Society
  • Child Assessment
  • Child Observation
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism & Leadership
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Program Organization
  • Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • Microsoft Office production
  • Bookkeeping COMPLETED

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