CentroNía’s Institute Child Development Associate (CDA) training program has expanded to serve DC home-based care providers. DC’s new legislation requires assistant teachers at childcare centers and associate caregivers at home-based programs to have at least a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. In response to this new requirement, the CentroNía Institute partnered with The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to pilot this training program which is offered at no cost to participants.
The training program is designed to equip students with the knowledge they need to prepare for the CDA credentialing exam administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. By the end of this program, the CDA candidates will be able to meet all the application requirements needed in order to obtain their certification.
CentroNía’s Home Day Care cohort has 25 participants that meet once a week on Saturdays for a period of six months. In addition to classroom instruction, on average candidates are required to complete at least three hours of homework each week. Since many participants work on week nights, the schedule was created to allow flexibility while still ensuring they are prepared for the exam at the end of the program. Coursework for this cohort focuses on: child development, 2nd language acquisition, special needs and/or challenging behaviors, age-appropriate assessment tools, and intentional planning to support growth and learning.