Become a Home Visitor CDA PD Specialist™
Eligibility requirements to become a Home Visitor CDA PD Specialist.
Home Visitor PDS Eligibility Requirements
To conduct home visitor assessments as a Council PDS, you must meet the following criteria:
Affirm your ability to relate to families and family members of various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Be knowledgeable about local, state, and national requirements, standards, and guidelines for home visiting, community-based family support and education, and/or parent education programs serving families with children aged birth through five years. Be familiar with the home visiting program where the candidate will be observed and the needs of families and children in the community. Be familiar with the CDA assessment system.
Hold a Baccalaureate or Associate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following disciplines:
- Family Studies Child Development and Family Life
- Individual and Family Studies Nursing
- Early Childhood Education/Child Development Social Work
- Home Economics/Child Development Human Resource Development
- Child Development and Family Life
- Social Work
- Human Resource Development
For those with a Baccalaureate Degree, two years working directly with parents and children in a home-based setting, serving families with children aged from birth to five years old, to include: One year working directly with parents and children as a home visitor, and One year facilitating the professional growth of at least one other adult. If the PDS has not worked as a Home Visitor her/himself, s/he must have had at least one year of experience working as a primary caregiver for a group of children aged five years old or younger.
For those with an Associate Degree, four years in a Home Visitor program serving families with children aged birth through five years, to include: Two years working directly with parents and children as a home visitor, and Two years facilitating the professional growth of at least one other adult. If the Council PDS has not worked as a Home Visitor, s/he must have had at least two years of experience working as a primary caregiver for a group of children five years old or younger, or a combined total of two years of experience working directly with parents and children in center-based and home-based settings.
Bilingual Specialization — additional requirements
In addition to meeting the requirements listed, the PDS for a Candidate applying for the Bilingual Specialization Assessment must be able to read, speak, and write English and the other language (Spanish, for example) well enough to understand and be understood by both children and adults.
Being a PD Specialist allows me to share my expertise and genuine love of early childhood education. Being a PD Specialist is my Occupassion!
- Sherilynn Kimble, PD Specialist
I had been working with children for about three years when I was given the opportunity to obtain my CDA. During the process I was able to gain so much knowledge about all aspects of caring for chil...
- Tanesha Sanders, Texas
I started working at the University of Dubuque Childcare Center in October of 2009. I was hired as a floater to work with three age groups, Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. In August of 2010, I was assign...
- Rhonda Baule, Iowa
The great thing about having a CDA is that it is a national certification. I started in Florida and then moved to Louisiana where it was recognized and did help me in finding a job at the local Child ...
- Kendra Barnes, Louisiana
Starting a new job in the childcare arena was exciting! I knew that I enjoyed working with children, and it was a great opportunity to stay at home with my daughter. One year turned into two, and befo...
- Traci McNeil, Ohio
I am an Assistant VPK Teacher with a local childcare group. I had a director who encouraged me to get my CDA. My short journey had begun. I, too, was a little hesitant and fearful of failing when I sa...
- Gloria Williams, Florida
It is well worth it. When I received my Certificate for my Nationals in the mail, I cried I was so happy. I would also like to Thank my Director and my Assistant Director for really supporting me.
- Donna Hayes, Florida