The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely known credential in early childhood education. When a person earns their CDA®, it demonstrates that they possess the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with colleagues, students and families.
There are a number of reasons why you should earn your CDA—and even more to maintain it.
Here are five strong arguments for keeping up with your credential.
First and foremost, it’s the most-recognized accreditation in the early childhood field, and an important step if you’re serious about your professional (and personal) growth and development. A lot of time, teachers wonder how they can advance in their field. When you possess your credential, you open yourself up (and keep yourself open) to limitless possibilities and advancement opportunities.
Second, maintaining your CDA offers a practical way to keep your skills sharp and preserve a foundation for delivering high-quality care to young children. In turn, this will help you continue to increase your personal confidence and capabilities as an educator. When you’re confident, you raise your productivity, communicate more effectively and stand out from your peers.
Third, you’ll continue to be exposed to a large community of qualified, hardworking early childhood educators and professionals. Networking is an essential part of a job search, so having these relationships and connections will give you more opportunities to advance your career.
Fourth, by holding your CDA credential, you are more marketable. The CDA demonstrates quality, which boosts parents’ sense of confidence and trust in you. Schools and centers can use this to attract new families. When enrollment increases, the bottom line improves and potentially translates into higher wages. Additionally, many states and accrediting bodies require teachers to have their CDA to hold certain positions.
Finally, you should always keep your CDA current because earning your credential was an investment in the first place. Getting a credential back is usually much harder than keeping it up to date.
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