G Center-based programs
can include nursery
schools, child care,
Head Start, lab schools,
programs, or parent
can be full-time or
and have structured or
ules. These programs
can be in universi-
ties, public schools,
churches, or privately
owned and operated.
Programs that meet
the CDA requirements
for a center-based
setting can be non-
profit or for-profit.
G Contact the Council
for more information
on the home visitor
setting, or special
8 will have information about the CDA application requirements
and process, with the entire midsection devoted to a thorough
overview of the six Competency Standards. The back of each
Competency Standards book includes a section of perforated docu-
ments, including an application form, cover sheets needed for the
Professional Portfolio, the Comprehensive Scoring Instrument,
and other documents that the you and the PD Specialist will use
during the verification visit.
What Do These Settings Look Like?
Center-Based Preschool Setting This is a state-licensed
child development center where a candidate is working with a
group of at least eight children. All of the children in the group are
ages three to five years. Also, the entire center-based program needs
to have at least ten children enrolled with at least two caregivers
working in the center with the children on a regular basis.
Center-Based Infant/Toddler Setting This is a licensed
child development center at which a candidate can be observed
working as a primary caregiver with a group of at least three
children ages birth through thirty-six months. Also, the entire
center-based program needs to have at least ten children en-
rolled with at least two caregivers working in the center with
the children on a regular basis. Note that center-based programs
can include nursery schools, day care, Head Start, lab schools,
child development programs, or parent cooperatives. They can
be full-time or part-time operations and have structured or
unstructured schedules. These programs can be in universities,
public schools, churches, or privately owned and operated.
Programs that meet the CDA requirements for a center-based
setting can be nonprofit or for-profit (Council for Professional
Recognition 2006, 2013).
Family Child Care Setting This is a family child care home
in which a candidate is working with at least two children, ages
five years old or younger. These children are not to be related to
the candidate by either blood or marriage. This child care home
must meet minimum state and local regulations, unless it is lo-
cated where there is no regulation of family child care.
Home Visitor Setting This is a program of home visits to
families with young children from birth to five years old. Its main
focus is providing support and education to parents, helping them
meet the needs of their growing children.