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Family and Social Services Administration

Family and Social Services Administration

Child care Learning > About the Program About the Program

The purpose of web-based courses:

The Indiana Family Social Services Administration and its partners continue to seek opportunities to deliver high-quality instruction and certification to child care providers throughout the state. Although programs offered to date effectively provide continuing education to daycare providers, many providers still struggle to find the time and means to take advantage of on-going education and certification opportunities. As a potential solution for daycare providers, a web-based learning model has been proposed to address the needs of providers in areas with limited or no access to on-going education.

What is the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential?

A Child Development Associate (CDA) is a national credential awarded to an individual who has successfully completed a CDA assessment. S/he is able to meet the specific needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.

What is a CDA assessment?

The CDA competency standards are the core of the CDA program. Composed of goals and functional areas, they are statements of the skills needed to be a competent caregiver and the basis upon which caregivers are assessed. While the competency goals establish the framework for caregiver behavior, the 13 functional areas describe the major tasks or functions caregivers must complete in order to carry out the competency goals.

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Assessment requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school or GED diploma
  • 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 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 environment to invite learning
      • 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
      • Principles of child development and learning

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