Nearly 100 city officials and child development leaders from around the country will meet in Rochester, NY on April 24,2018as part of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) two-year Cities Supporting the Early Childhood Work force initiative.
“It is exciting to see cities throughout the United States recognize the importance of training and support for the early childhood workforce. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and the National League of Cities are leaders in developing local policies to increase the preparation, recognition, and continued professional development of those who educate and care for very young children,” Dr. Valora Washington, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition said.
The Council has worked with NLC to share its knowledge gained through more than 35 years administering the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA®). High school students can earn a CDA Credential as part of their career and technical education studies, which studies show builds a career pathway toward higher education.The CDA is the most widely recognized credential for those who teach and care for children from birth to age five in the United States. The Council has awarded more than 420,000 CDA Credentials to early childhood educators.
The CDA includes 480 hours of extensive, supervised classroom experience to build hands-on competencies needed for working with young children; and, 120 hours of learning in specific settings. It is the leading initial pathway to a career in early childhood education and a stepping-stone to professional and personal advancement. CDA training is articulated into college credits by many community and four-year colleges.
While Washington, DC, and New York City have recently implemented policies to provide free public preschool, Rochester has focused on improving the training and professional development of its early childhood educators.“Providing our youth with a strong educational environment early in life is crucial for lifelong learning and growth,” Mayor Warren has said.