1.1 Background Information
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is a stackable, gateway credential on the pathway of career advancement in the early care and education profession. The credential provides a much needed foundation for building the essential competencies needed by entry-level early childhood professionals providing infant/toddler, preschool, or family child care. The CDA Credential™ is portable across states and school-districts nationwide. It is competency-based and the only multilingual credentialing system that assesses early childhood professionals in the language of their daily work.
In the District of Columbia (DC), the CDA is recognized as a valid credential for early childhood professionals. The CDA fills a gap in DC by providing early childhood professionals with ongoing professional development and education opportunities, in addition to those offered through the District’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)1 System.
The CDA represents the crossroad where education and experience meet. This crossroad epitomizes competence and is a pathway to learning best practices for early childhood professionals. The CDA credentialing process includes meaningful activities that incorporate reflective practice and culminates in a personalized Professional Portfolio, an observation by a designated CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist, and a passing score on the CDA standardized content knowledge examination reflecting the six Competency Standards of the Council for Professional Recognition.
The Council for Professional Recognition issues the credential when the candidate completes the following: 120 hours of professional education in early childhood development covering children ages birth to five years old, 480 hours of work experience, a Professional Portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of competence, feedback from families, an observation by a designated CDA PD Specialist that demonstrates effective practice, and content knowledge via the CDA exam.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is soliciting applications for CDA grantee(s) that will collaborate with the Division of Early Learning (DEL), Postsecondary and Career Education, CCR&R, and higher education institutions. The CDA grantee(s) will provide ongoing, comprehensive support and implement a robust CDA - Training Scholarship and Promotion Program that will prepare our early childhood professionals and promote high-quality early care and education in DC.
1.1.1 Release for Application
The release date of the RFA is June 9, 2017 (12 p.m.). The RFA is available through the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).
1.1.2 Pre-Application Meeting
The pre-application meeting will be held on June 27, 2017 at OSSE (810 First St. NE, Eighth floor, Room 806 AB) from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. To attend the pre-application meeting, please RSVP to [email protected] by June 21, 2017. Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in the pre-application meeting.
1.1.3 Submission of Application
The application must be submitted using the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). A completed application with attachments is required upon submission. OSSE/DEL will not forward incomplete applications to the review panel.
1.1.4 Application Deadline
Applications are due no later than July 24, 2017 (3 p.m.). Applications must be submitted through EGMS. Late applications will not be accepted.
1.1.5 Program Contact
Applicants are advised that the authorized contact person for matters concerning this RFA is:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education Division of Early Learning
810 First Street, NE, Fifth Floor Washington, DC 20002
Email Address: [email protected]
1 The DC’s CCR&R System provides responsive services and evidence-based supports that promote high-quality early care and education in DC through connecting families with early care and education opportunities and providing technical assistance, consultation, and coaching to child development facilities.