Child Care Workers
Child Development Associate
The Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition offers the Child Development Associate credential to individuals who work with young children. In order to qualify, a candidate must :
- demonstrate a working knowledge of, and competence in, early childhood education
- complete a minimum of 480 hours of on-the-job experience
- participate in formal training.
This credential is offered to individuals working in center-based settings with either preschool or infant/toddler endorsement, family child care, and by home visitors. Bilingual specialization is also available. For more information, call 1-800-424-4310 (Council for Professional Recognition) for a brochure.
Annual Training Requirements
Child care facility directors and workers have various vocational, academic, and experience levels. To allow formal education to count in place of experience for teacher level, the degree must be in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or Psychology. Education and experience are reviewed each year and establish the level of teacher and number of training hours required to obtain/maintain a child care facility or child care worker license. All child care facility directors and workers need to meet training standards based on their designated teacher level.
|Hours of Required Training
|Less than 5 years; No formal degree
|5-10 years; Associate's degree
|10+ years; BA degree