Batavia, NY- Tabetha DuBois of Albion, NY, lead teacher for the Waddler Room (one-year-olds) at the Genesee Community College Association Child Care Center has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, which represents the early childhood education profession.
CDA is the only major national effort to improve early childhood education and care by evaluation and recognition of the skills of individuals providing care. The first credential was awarded over 30 years ago, and now 49 states plus the District of Columbia include CDA in their childcare licensing regulations.
Today, parents who use early education and care are especially concerned about their children’s welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA Credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children’s physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
The CDA Credential is having a positive effect on the quality of early childhood education and care. Its impact is evident in center-based and home visitor programs as well as family child care, the most common form of care for children under five years old.
“Tab is a wonderful teacher in our Waddler Room,” said Staci Williams, director of GCCA Child Care Center. “I’m extremely proud of her hard work and her new credentials. Tab, along with the rest of our staff, strongly believes in developing the skills that foster quality service and care for our children.”
Located at the Batavia campus, the GCCA Child Care Center offers complete childcare services for infants six weeks to preschool aged children. The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday following the academic calendar and there are some spaces available for the spring 2013 semester.
Child care staff and parents wanting information on CDA should write to the Council for Professional Recognition at 2460 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009-3547, or call the Council at (202) 265-9090 or (800) 424-4310.
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