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May
16

Should Young Children be tested? What do you think about high stakes testing?

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13
Apr
16

Using Technology with Young Children… Your Thoughts?

It’s part of our lives and our children’s lives. It is integral to how we conduct business, our lives, and how we communicate with each other. But, how much is too much and when is too soon? Is it taking the place, for some children, the kinds of face-to-face and hands-on interaction they need for optimal development? Share your thoughts and observations with us!

13
Mar
16

How important is student teaching or practicum for students in early childhood education training?

If you have participated in a practicum or student teaching, what do you see as the positives and negatives? Did it contribute to you being a better teacher? If you are an instructor, what is your opinion?

09
Feb
16

Should Preschool Programs Allow Superhero Play?

There are many Early Childhood programs that outright ban superhero play. It’s just too risky, noisy, and difficult to control. End of conversation. But, should it really be the end of the conversation? Are there elements of superhero play that are truly valuable and therefore need to be included as part of the preschool experience? What do YOU think?

09
Jan
16

Do Educational Requirements Matter?

The Council for Professional Recognition lists either a high school diploma or a GED as the first requirement for applying for a CDA. However, the Council never verifies whether or not an applicant does indeed have this. Neither the candidate’s training agency nor the PD Specialist is required to check either. As a result, countless persons have been awarded a CDA in spite of not meeting this requirement. In some states, having a CDA enables a person to hold a lead caregiver position. Theoretically, then, someone can be a lead caregiver in a child care program, having a 4th grade education (the grade at which someone could probably read and write). Is this acceptable? Is the Council right in saying that verifying a person’s education only throws roadblocks in front of those trying to earn a CDA? Or does this lack of verification dilute the value of the CDA Credential? Should the Council remove the requirement if it is not going to be enforced? What do YOU think?

14
Jan
13

Looking Ahead to the New CDA 2.0 Process… The Help You Need!

I now have available new and helpful tools to make the new CDA 2.0 stress-free! Check out my website for the help you need…

19
Jun
08

Welcome to the Early Childhood CDA Help Blog!

Here is a place to ask questions or post comments about the CDA process. I will check here often to provide advice and help. I welcome others, who have gone through the process, to offer assistance as well. Be sure to click on the RSS links at the bottom of the column to your right to subscribe to posts and comments on this blog. You will receive email notifications when there are new posts and comments!