Demand for Child Development Certification
on the Rise
According to the American Community Survey's latest data release (2017), there are 5,795 (approximately 2/3) of Stark County students ages three and older enrolled in preschool.
In the interest of all Ohioans, the state is actively working to bring best practices to our youngest students. One strategy is the mandate that child care programs can only enter the state's Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System, Step Up To Quality,
if a minimum of half the teachers and the administrator have at least a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or Career Pathway Level 2.
In Stark County, the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) offers Child Development Associate classes - and the newest upcoming
round begins the week of June 3. The series of eight modules may be completed in as little as six months and provides participants with the training required to apply for the CDA credential. The classes themselves are offered at no cost to individuals working in star-rated and non-rated ODJFS programs accepting publicly funded children. Only a nonrefundable $100 fee is due at the time of registration to cover book and material fees. Course titles include:
- Commitment to Professionalism
- Child Development and Learning
- Supporting Social Emotional Development
- Safe, Healthy Environments
- Observing and Recording Behavior
- Physical & Intellectual Development
- Strategies for Program Management
- Establishing Family Relationships
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to help build capacity and empower our early childhood teachers and staff to continue bringing best practices at all levels of education," said Angela Moses, Director of Early Care and Education Services at ECRC.
provides an additional benefit to individuals who are employed at a non-rated program and
studying for the CDA certificate or an associate degree in early childhood education. Those students who successfully complete higher education courses and degrees, and stay employed with their current early childhood program, receive stipends
(ranging $300-$12,800) as they complete classes and graduate.
The Child Development Associate credential is one of many middle-skill pathways open to greater Stark County residents and is the equivalent of a 5-hour college course at Stark State College (SSC). Therefore, those wishing to continue up-skilling can apply the CDA credential toward an associate degree at Stark State College.