CCBC Offers Child Development Associate Courses at Low Cost Thanks to Northwest Regional Key Contract

CCBC Offers Child Development Associate Courses at Low Cost Thanks to Northwest Regional Key Contract

      Due to a grant from Northwest Regional Key, which collaborates with regional early learning and school-age partners to support positive outcomes for children, Community College of Beaver County is offering a low cost Child Development Associate (CDA) cohort for 10 to 15 students this fall.

      The CDA cohort is designed to provide students with the required 120 hours of professional development and to provide guidance in preparing application materials. Students are prepared to apply for their CDA credential after completing the three courses and all requirements. Students are only responsible for a $100 co-pay due at registration in the fall and a $100 co-pay due at registration for the spring. All other costs, including tuition, books, and fees, are paid through the grant. A minimum of 10 students is required to run the cohort.

The CDA cohort consists of 3 courses taken as follows:

·  Fall 2012: CDA Seminar (Monday nights from 6 to 8:50 p.m. with an alternating schedule) for 1.5 credits and Introduction to Early Childhood (Tuesday nights from 6 to 8:50 p.m.) for 3 credits     

· Spring 2013: CDA Seminar (Monday nights from 6: to 8:50 p.m. with an alternating schedule) for 1.5 credits and The Early Childhood Professional (Tuesday nights from 6 to 8:50 p.m.) for 3 credits

 Interested students should email Darcy Stiteler at dstiteler@hapenterprises.org with the following information:

  • Facility name and STAR level
  • Name of staff person(s)
  • Indicate if the staff person(s) will be taking the Preschool CDA OR the Infant/Toddler CDA
  • A contact email for staff person(s)
  • Has the staff ever taken classes at CCBC before?  There is a placement test that is mandatory for all new incoming students.  If they have previously registered for any credit bearing classes, they will not have to re-take this test and it is helpful for me to let the registration office know how many will need to take the test.

 

Students must:

  • be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Pennsylvania
  • hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • be able to speak, read, and write well enough to fulfill the responsibilities of a CDA Candidate
  • sign a statement of ethical conduct
  • be a PA DPW registered family childcare practitioner, OR be a PA DPW certified group childcare practitioner, OR be employed in a PA DPW certified childcare center/registered home
  • be employed by a program that is designated a Keystone STAR 1 or higher
  • be working in that program at least 20 hours per week
  • be able to be observed working as the lead caregiver in one of the following settings: Infant/Toddler with a group of at least 3 children ages birth-3 years or    Preschool with a group of at least 8 children ages 3-5.

      

      For more information about CDA test preparation offered through CCBC, visit http://www.ccbc.edu/childhooddevelopmentassociate(cda)testpreparation