“We are glad to partner with SafeGard, Professional Impact New Jersey, Coastal Bend College, and Grand Street Settlement Early Head Start to enhance the confidence of students in working with young children while obtaining their CDAs®.”
Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 14, 2016
The Council for Professional Recognition (The Council) announces four new business partnerships with SafeGard Classes Online, Professional Impact New Jersey (PINJ), Coastal Bend College (CBC), and Grand Street Settlement Early Head Start (EHS) to facilitate the Child Development Associate® (CDA®) Credential. Each partnership will ensure that the CDA® is the best first step for early educators and education students.
“The Council for Professional Recognition recognizes the value of having highly trained early childhood professionals all around the country who can possess the competence to serve young children and families,” says Valora Washington, Ph.D, Council Chief Executive Officer. “We are glad to partner with SafeGard, Professional Impact New Jersey, Coastal Bend College, and Grand Street Settlement Early Head Start to enhance the confidence of students in working with young children while obtaining their CDAs®.”
The Council’s partnership with SafeGard will offer a curriculum of online classes that will count as credits towards the CDA® Credential, which also supports SafeGard’s continuous professional development program in early childhood education. The partnership will allow initial and renewal CDA® candidates to choose from over 200 classes in a wide range of relevant, popular topics in child care, including the 8 CDA® Subject Areas. Many of SafeGard’s classes will also be offered in Spanish, which will serve the bilingual early educator audience of the Council for Professional Recognition.
Through the integrated partnership with Coastal Bend College (CBC) Texas, college and high school students seeking to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA®) Credential will be able to take training courses in early childhood and education being offered at CBC. The newly formed partnership will allow Coastal Bend students living in a 12-county South Texas region the opportunity to complete the training component towards earning a CDA® Credential.
Professional Impact NJ is now offering the CDA® Assessment Fee Financial Assistance Program, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services™ Division of Family Development. This program allows registered family child care providers, head teachers, group teachers, assistant teachers, and afterschool providers in the field of early care and education who are working toward their CDA® Credential to apply for financial assistance.
The Council’s mission is to facilitate the Child Development Associate® Credential process for the early childhood education professionals with Grand Street Settlement Early Head Start in New York in efforts to support their early childhood education program through increasing the number of CDA® credentialed staff. Grand Street Settlement Early Head Start plans to collaborate with the Council to expand professional development of the early care and education workforce.
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ABOUT THE COUNCIL FOR PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
The Council for Professional Recognition (The Council) promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children from birth to 5 years of age. The Council works to ensure all professional early childhood educators and caregivers meet the developmental, emotional, and education needs of our nation’s youngest children. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education programs – Head Start, pre-K, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs.
SafeGard Classes Online offers a comprehensive curriculum for both the initial and renewal Child Development Associate® Credentials. In the past 7 years, SafeGard Classes Online has supported hundreds of CDAs® and renewal candidates in obtaining or renewing their credentials. The support of this curriculum continues to be strong and interest in this program continues to grow. SafeGard Classes Online promotes and supports the CDA® throughout their website, and has a webpage dedicated to the CDA® credentialing program with resources for candidates to obtain additional information on the process.
ABOUT COASTAL BEND COLLEGE TEXAS
Coastal Bend College is a comprehensive, public community college serving a diverse South Texas area. It is a student-centered institution committed to the highest integrity and to the development of an educational culture that supports creativity, encourages professional development, and promotes excellence in all areas. The mission of Early Development and Education Program of CBC is to educate students in the very rewarding field of early development of children, and to provide the training required to obtain a Child Development Associate® Credential.
ABOUT PROFESSIONAL IMPACT NEW JERSEY
Professional Impact NJ champions the early childhood workforce by coordinating systems of professionalization and quality assurance enhancing workforce credentials and workforce preparation. Our mission is to promote the improvement of workforce quality by creating career pathways and standards for early childhood professionals working with children from birth to age eight and in after school programs. Our vision is to lead a coordinated, integrated, statewide professional development system assisting early childhood professionals in advancing the knowledge, skills, education and career pathways that lead to a qualified workforce.
ABOUT GRAND STREET SETTLEMENT EARLY HEAD START
Grand St. Settlement's Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership provides high quality infant/toddler programs to underserved families living below the poverty line in Brooklyn. Experts in early childhood education work with local child care providers to deliver comprehensive services and support the educational and developmental advancement of young children. Grand St. Settlement works with all families to connect them to a broad range of available resources and supports, beyond the Early Head Start program.