Last March, Miss Kelly
earned her National Child Development Association credential (CDA)
after many years of preparation. This is one of the highest honors
that can be awarded to a home daycare provider. It begins with 120
hours of child development education, then a rigorous oral and
written examination along with a 2-day, in home, evaluation. The
examiner looks for things like a safe and healthy environment, art
appreciation, physical activities, and child/teacher interaction.
A portfolio is also put
together including such things as an autobiography, parent surveys,
health and safety resources, and statements of competency proving
understanding of the 8 functional areas of child development and how
to implement them.
After all this, a
national committee then reviews the candidates qualifications and
votes on whether or not to award the credential.