Gold Standard Awardees Are Picking Up Steam

June 27, 2019

Published by CounciLINK on June 27, 2019


GOLD‘Tis the season to be a Gold Standard awardee. Or so it seems.

So far this year, the Council for Professional Recognition has celebrated 11 training organizations as new awardees. The award comes in the wake of a quality review of the organizations’ training and student services by the Council.

The CDA Gold StandardSM is part of the Council’s early childhood education effort to help CDA students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for the CDA exam and a career as an early childhood educator.

“We believe that the Council’s CDA Gold Standard award adds value and integrity to the early childhood profession by verifying connections between the Council’s proven teacher competencies and the quality of training resources available to CDA students,” said Valora Washington, CEO of the Council.
In addition to offering high-quality training, CDA Gold Standard applicants must provide evidence that they serve the CDA student community with excellence, which includes professional development that prepares students for successful completion of their training program.

“It’s exciting to think about the many young children, families, and communities that will benefit from the high-quality education and training students will receive from these organizations,” Washington added.

Earning the CDA Gold Standard is recognition that the training organizations successfully demonstrated that their early childhood education training is based on the Council’s three industry-leading principles of:

  • Alignment with the CDA formal education coursework found in the CDA’s Eight Subject Areas
  • Sound business policies and practices
  • Quality student services that meet their educational and professional needs

All of the training organizations were awarded in the Comprehensive category, which is designed for organizations that offer CDA® coursework encompassing the entire CDA® preparation process; they also specifically meet the Eight (8) CDA® Subject Areas.

The organizations:

  • Allen County Community College, Iola, KS
  • Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, Athens, OH
  • QS2 Inc., Baldwin, NY
  • Early Childhood Resource Center, Canton, OH
  • Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Clearwater, FL
  • Learning Care Group Inc., Novi, MI
  • Programs for Parents, Newark, NJ
  • Teachstone Training, Charlottesville, VA
  • Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK
  • YWCA of Northwest Ohio, Child Care Resource and Referral, Toledo, OH
  • 4C for Children, Cincinnati, OH
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