CDA Virtual Classroom - Unit 1 (15 hours)

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Unit 1 - CDA Training Online

North Carolina CDA Credential


Our CDA program takes a holistic approach to the development of young children, from birth to the age of eight. Providing a quality education to future generations requires more than a love of children. Through the CDA Virtual Classroom, you will be introduced to academic concepts that include child growth and development, nutrition, child behavior, and curriculum, while developing the leadership skills that can make you invaluable in the field of early childhood education.
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Unit 1 - CDA Training Online

Unit 1 is designed to teach some of the basic procedures of cleanliness and infection control for keeping children and yourself healthy. As an early learning professional, you must be familiar with and understand the regulations. Ensuring the children’s health and safety is always your primary responsibility as an early childhood professional. Parents must be confident that their children will be safe in our programs. Supervision of the children is the most important of all expectations when working in an early childhood program. Supervision of children involves your full attention and participation in the activities and interactions that take place in the program’s facility, the classroom, on the playground and on field trips.

Unit 1 CDA: Planning a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment (15 hour)      
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)

​Washington STARS credit:  
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition (12 hours)
  • Child Growth & Development (3 hours)

Unit 1 Agenda
  1. Introduction
  2. Unit 1 Description
  3. Unit 1 Agenda

CDA Course Requirements
CDA Credential Process
CDA Professional Portfolio

  1. Promoting a Healthy Learning Environment (3 hours)
  2. Environmental Safety (3 hours)
  3. Life on the Playground (3 hours)
  4. Supporting Physical Growth and Development in Young Children (3 hours)
  5. Bite by Bite: Healthy Meals for Young Children (3 hours) 

Professional Portfolio Items
  1. RC I-2 Weekly Menu 
  2. CS I a Sample Menu (from RC I-2) 
  3. Competency Statement #1

Wrapping it Up
  1. Unit 1 Review
  2. Evaluation Form

State Annual Training Approvals
This training may, or may not, meet annual training requirements in your state. Please provide us with your state, and any State registry ID number, and if we are able to record your completed training with your state, we will. In some cases, for annual state credit, you will need to submit the certificate to the appropriate registry and they may or may not award annual credit. The training is approved for the National CDA Credential regardless of whether annual continuing education credit is awarded. ​ 
Providing a State Registry number to us does not guarantee that your state will approve the training for annual continuing education credit. ​​​

CDA Credential Process Review

  • The CDA credentialing program is administered by the CDA Council at the Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old.”
  • In addition to the 120 hours of training, you will need to put together a Professional Portfolio. The directions for the Portfolio are provided in the Competency Standards book that you order from the CDA Council. You will also need to have 480 hours of work experience within the three years prior to submitting the application to the CDA Council. Once you submit the application to the CDA Council, they will then send you an email to schedule your observation and CDA Exam. You will then contact a PD Specialist to schedule your observation, which will be at your program where you work. And, you will schedule your CDA Exam at a Pearson Vue testing center in your area. Once you have completed all of those steps, then the CDA Credential is awarded or denied by the CDA Council. For more information about the CDA Credential process go to  ​​​​​​​​