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Child Development Associate

Child Development Associate

If you’re planning a career in child development and are getting ready to take your Child Development Associate, let NICCM’s child care courses help you get prepared. Their 3day CDA Fast Track course is designed to give you a jump-start on the CDA. The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a nationally accepted, early childhood credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. The Child Development Associate Fast Track course helps participants understand and meet the requirements of the Child Development Associate.

You’ve never had better training at your fingertips, with a course that has been designed with your success in mind. At NICCM and Hand Print, they are committed to helping you achieve your goals and dreams and they have developed a fast track method to help you do this through comprehensive childcare courses like the Child Development Associate Fast Track.

You don’t have to spend a month studying to pass the Child Development Associate. Now, in only 3 days, you can get ready for the CDA and be confident that you can pass the course. Your course content.

Day One:

Introduction to the CDA and the NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track:

  • Unit 1: Documenting training hours by CDA training topics, Keys to Writing, CDA Competency Statement, CDA Competency Statement 1: Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  • Unit 2 Competency Statement 2: Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development
  • Unit 3: Competency Statement 3: Supporting children’s social and emotional development
  • Unit 4: Competency Statement 4: Establishing positive and productive relationships with families
  • Unit 5: Competency Statement 5: Ensuring a well-run purposeful program
  • Unit 6: Competency Statement 6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

Day Two:

Directed Portfolio Lab: The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter. Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

  • Unit 7: The Professional Philosophy Statement: Developing a professional philosophy statement, Summarizing your professional beliefs about early education, Continued individual consultations

Day Three:

Directed Portfolio Lab: The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter. Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

  • Unit 8: Child Development Associate Practice Exam: Understanding the Verification Visit, Instructions on completing the process, The Application Process, Choosing your PD Specialist, Finding a Pearson Vue testing site.

The Fast Track to the CDA is one of the most popular childcare courses at NICCM, but is not the only one that they provide. Visit online at NICCM.com to see other courses that are available. Distance learning is offered from NICCM for their childcare courses. Both the NICCM's NAC and the Child Development Associate. Fast Track Course is available as a convenient and flexible distance/home-based program. Distance Learning Courses are available on DVD and do not require an Internet connection. Earn or renew your credential from home for the CDA and NAC child care courses.

Learn more about NICCM’s 3-day Fast Track to passing the Child Development Associate by visiting online at NICCM.com. If you have questions, please call (602) 476-1422.

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